Salad-e Shirazi (Chilled Tomato and Cucumber Salad)
Salad-e Shirazi is a chilled salad of tomato, cucumber, onion and mint dressed in olive oil and fresh lime juice. I read it’s often enjoyed in summer time in Iran, and while it is far from summer here in Minnesota, we always enjoy a refreshing salad with a meal. It's similar to a cucumber salsa I often make in the summer when the cucumbers are taking over the garden, and you might find it similar to something you already enjoy as well.
- 2 cup 2 cup 2 cup Tomato, seeded and finely diced
- 2 cup 2 cup 2 cup Cucumber, seeded, peeled and finely diced
- 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup Onion, finely diced
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Mint Leaves, finely minced
- 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp Lime Juice, (juice of 1 lime)
- 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
- 0.5 tsp 0.5 tsp 0.5 tsp Salt
- 0.25 tsp 0.25 tsp 0.25 tsp Black Pepper
Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
- Place tomato, cucumber and onion in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, mint, olive oil and lime juice and stir until well combined.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve chilled.
Since tomatoes and cucumbers especially come in a huge array of sizes and what looks good enough to take home changes from day to day, I find it much easier to use measurements by the cup in recipes like this versus instructions like, "one small cucumber." I ended up using four Roma tomatoes that were right in the middle as far as the sizes available to me and about half of an English cucumber.
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