Thursday, July 25, 2013

Persian Salad Shirazi with a Protein Twist




Traditional Persian Salad Shirazi is enjoyed throughout Iran and is typically made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and fresh herbs (usually parsley).  This salad (minus the chick peas) was a staple in our family at dinner on most nights.  I added chick peas to mine for a protein boost and so that you can enjoy this salad as a hearty lunch that will hold you over through the afternoon.  Feel free to omit them if you are looking to have this salad as a light accompaniment to your lunch or dinner.


Ingredients:

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes halved
2-3 Persian cucumbers sliced
1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
1/2-3/4 cup chick peas
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Juice of half a lemon OR 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil



Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and ENJOY!  :-)

PS- feel free to chop your veggies to the size and shape of your liking!


   

2 comments:

Solitary Diner said...

What is a Persian cucumber? Looks delish!

Solmaz Amirnazmi said...

Thank you! Persian cucumbers are the best, so crunchy and delicious :-) Here is a nice little synopsis: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Persian_Cucumbers_9121.php

FYI Trader Joe's sells these in nice little packages- very convenient!