Sunday, July 23, 2023

Summer Fresh Recipe Series: Shirazi Salad

Shirazi Salad is a simple everyday Persian salad that is filled with fresh, crunchy ingredients that bursts with flavor.  The six ingredient salad perfect summer!

Shirazi Salad

    If you are following the Mediterranean diet or like Middle Eastern, or Persian food then this is a great salad for you.  It calls for only 6 ingredients to make!

    Use the best summer tomatoes you can find.  I like Roma tomatoes, which I core and seed.  Persian cucumbers are short thin, and seedless, plus they have a thin skin so they don't need peeling.  They are great to snack on and have a fresh flavor.  If you can't find these then English or hothouse cucumbers would be your next choice.  Use red onion, fresh mint, and some lemon juice if you like to provide a little acid.  Everything should be diced really fine.  To cut down on my knife work I used my Mueller Multi Chopper.  It was perfect for the job, making a fine dice of all the veggies that was done in minutes!

    Try this simple salad today.  It will be one that you will make on repeat all summer!


What Ingredients do I need?

  • Persian cucumbers - English cucumber (or hothouse) will work as well
  • Ripe Tomatoes - I love Roma, but any fresh tomatoes will work.  You will need to core and see them as you don't want any of the extra juice.
  • Red onion
  • Fresh Mint
  • Lemon - for juicing
  • Olive oil

Substitutions and Variations

  • Leave out the mint if you don't care for it. Or use dried mint.
  • Use your favorite type of tomato, even cherry tomatoes would be fun.  Just keep everything chopped around the same size.
  • You want a cucumber that doesn't have seeds.  English and Perisan are great since you don't have to peel them.  If all you can find are regular cucumbers, make sure to peel and seed them on the inside.  You don't want the extra juices from the seed pulp in your salad.

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • It's best to add the olive oil to each serving.  If you toss it over the entire salad then any leftovers will get pretty soggy.
  • Use a really good olive oil, with a good flavor.

  • I love my Mueller Multi Chopper!  I made this salad in about 10 minutes using this chopper.  Saved me a lot of time and a lot of knife work.
  • Leftovers should be placed in a sealed container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Shirazi Salad

serves 4

4 Persian cucumbers or 1 English cucumber
4 Roma tomatoes, cored and seeded
1/2 small red onion
1 lemon
olive oil
10-12 leaves of mint, chopped
kosher salt & black pepper to taste

Finely chop the cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion in to a small dice and place together in a medium bowl.  Add the fresh mint and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the salad tossing the ingredients.

Add servings to individual dishes and bowls and douse with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Serve at room temperature.  

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