Shirazi Salad

by Marjan
Tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper: this is the complete recipe! Simple ingredients, healthy, robust with flavor and easy to prepare, this is the perfect salad to manage your summer diet.

Most wine connoisseurs are familiar with Shiraz wine. Shiraz is an ancient city in southern Iran. Famed for its Persepolis architecture of the great Persian Empire, Shiraz is synonymous to wine versed by our Persian poets such as Hafiz, Rumi, and Khayyam. Most Iranians would agree native people of Shiraz are celebrated for their hospitality and cooking. That is music to my ears!
Typically, this simple, tangy flavorful salad is best enjoyed as a condiment side dish to many Persian rice dishes such as Dam Pokh Tak, Kalam Polo, and  Lubia Polo; Shirazi salad truly elevates the earthy carbohydrate rich dishes to another level. Try this salad all by itself, or with toasted bread, cheese and Shiraz wine. It will awaken your taste buds and help you fit easier into your summer swim suit!
Noushe Jaan.

Ingredients for 4-6 servings

4 Italian plum tomatoes; or 1 cup diced heirloom tomatoes
6 Persian Cucumbers
1/2 cup finely chopped purple onion
*2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint (or ½ teaspoon crushed dried mint); or if preferred basil
Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoon quality extra virgin olive oil
2 lime juice and zest

1. Finely chop all the vegetables to size equivalent of a chic pea. Vegetable pieces should be uniform in size and shape

2. Add mint or basil, salt and pepper

3. Before serving, add olive oil and lime juice

4. Toss and serve immediately

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