Persian Veggie Salad

This was my first favorite salad, as far as I can remember. I used to beg my mum to make it for me as a young girl. In Iran, it's popular as a summer salad but I make it year round. It's very healthy and absolutely delicious! Try it next to a protein and/or rice. When the juices from this salad mix with your other foods, it's heavenly!


  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (lemon juice is fine, too)
  • 1 tsp. cumin (I like cumin seeds better - if you can find them, use them!)
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 5 Persian cucumbers or 2 English "Hot House" cucumbers, cut into 1/8 inch cubes. Basically you want seedless cucumbers with a thin skin)
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into 1/8 inch cubes
  • 1/2 a small red onion, cut into 1/8 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

*It's not traditional, but I use one bell pepper (of any color) in mine. It gives it a fantastic new dimension!


Whisk together oil and lime juice. Add cumin, mint, parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion then toss to combine. And salt and pepper to taste. Serve chilled.


By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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November 23, 20110 found this helpful

Yum, Yum, Yum, Atossa! Thank you so much for sharing it and you know I'll be giving it a try ;-)

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November 26, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you for the recipe, Attosa. I love middle-eastern cooking. This recipe is just full of wonderful tastes and textures. It's on my menu for the week.

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November 28, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you, ladies! I'll keep posting more middle eastern recipes in the future. All delicious and very healthy :) Have a great week! x

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