This salad has its origin in Shiraz. Shiraz is one of Iran’s most historic sites. It is also the birthplace of some of our most respected Persian poets such as Hafiz and Saadi. Shiraz is famous for its magnificent architecture, beautiful gardens and the majestic cypress called sarv-eh-naz. It is also here that you can visit the ruins of Persepolis.
Salad Shirazi, which literally means salad from Shiraz, is a wonderful compound between cucumber, tomato, and onions. Sometimes in the summer, I make extra Shirazi salad and serve Persian bread, feta cheese and watermelon, incredibly good combination and wonderful meal. Round off with some real brewed tea, pure pleasure!
- Peel one large cucumber, take away the seeds and cut into small pieces.
- Cut 2 – 3 tomatoes in half and take away the seeds. Cut in small pieces, same size as the cucumber.
- 1 onion (it can be red, white or even shallot), cut into equal pieces of tomatoes and cucumbers.
- 1 – 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (preferably fresh).
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered dried mint
1/3 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 of a teaspoon black pepper
1/4 of a teaspoon lemon peel
3 tablespoons of squeezed lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
Mix well, serve!
Tip: You can cut everything and have in different containers, which means you can do everything well in advance. Mix everything about 30 minutes before serving lunch or dinner. Please use the following kitchen utensils to simplify life for yourself when cutting and all the vegetables.