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!
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Ingredients:

  • 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!

Directions:

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.

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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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