Thursday, 17 January 2013

Salad Shirazi - سالاد شیرازی

This unsophisticated salad is a summer time salad when the fresh aroma of summer produce is wafted through the open air Bazaars. The name suggests that this salad is from the city of Shiraz however, it is made all over Iran with slight variations. It is typical of the northern region to use verjuice or bitter orange juice (Narenj) in salads or stews. Fresh basil leaves is also substituted for mint leaves.

4-5 Lebanese cucumbers
4 - 5 Tomatoes
1 small Onion
Juice of 1 Lemon or 1/4 cup verjuice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Dried mint optional
Olive Oil optional

  1. Chop cucumbers, tomatoes and onion into cubes of same size. Place them in a large salad bowl.
  2. Pour lemon juice and sprinkle mint.  Add salt and black pepper to season.
  3. Toss lightly to mix. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hour before serving.

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