Timatim Ethiopian Tomato Salad

Timatim Ethiopian tomato salad

Making Timatim, Ethiopian Tomato Salad was an no brainer. We have tons of tomatoes and jalapeños in the garden. I first made this salad for our Ethiopian family dinner several months ago. For the people who love spicy food it was a hit.

So for our Ethiopian family dinner I dialed back the spice a bit but not in the timatim. I often remove the heat from dishes, so it’s nice to have a spicy add on. I’ve started making timatim on the side to add spice to dishes. You can even decrease the spice in this dish by removing the berbere spice. For a salad this dish packs a lot of flavor.

It’s interesting how exploring different foods really opens you up to try all types of new things. I think the first time I had Ethiopian food was while hanging in Chicago with some friends from college. After I searched to find one in my city. I was unsuccessful. But there was a restaurant near Rutgers University. And it was delicious.

Timatim Ethiopian tomato salad

I’ve made this dish several times. I love to put this spicy salad on top of my Ropa Vieja. When I’m making it to have with non-Ethiopian dishes I don’t add berbere spice. Store bough berbere spice can be very spicy, so if you decided to use it make sure you taste it first. Of course, if you are not a big fan of a lot of heat I’d suggest you leave it off. The jalapeño peppers will add enough heat.

Timatim Ethiopian Tomato Salad

Makes 4 servings

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Berbere Spice (optional)
  • 4 large tomatoes (or grape tomatoes), chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped finely

Tools: 2 bowls, whisk

Timatim ingredients


In a bowl combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and berbere spice and whisk together.

In a separate bowl, combine salad ingredients.

Pour olive oil mixture over the salad veggies and refrigerate.

And there you go your timatim, Ethiopian tomato salad is done. This goes great over stewed chickpeas or with a traditional Ethiopian Chicken Stew.

What would you eat with this spicy salad?


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