Persian Shirazi Salad

Persian Shirazi Salad Recipe |How to make

This Persian Shirazi Salad is a quick and easy salad to make in 10 minutes.Filled with fresh and vibrant flavors, dressed with olive oil and lime, this is a perfect side-dish to pair with many dishes.

It is made with simple, easily available ingredients and is a popular Iranian salad, for it’s fresh and flavorful taste and ease in making.

Persian Shirazi Salad
Persian Shirazi Salad

It is popularly called Salad-E- Sherazi in Persian culture.

Why is it called Shirazi Salad?

Named for the city in southwestern Iran, salad-e Shirazi/Shirazi Salad is found on almost on every Iranian table at practically every meal.

Samin Nosrat in her book Salt,Fat, Acid, Heat writes, “Think of it as an herbier, juicier, more tart version of Greek salad, Israeli salad or Indian kachumber, and eat it alongside any rice dish or on its own”.

It’s simplicity, flavor and texture makes it an appealing salad to be served alongside rice and stews in Persian meals.


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What are the ingredients used in making Shirazi Salad?

Cucumbers

It is best to use Persian cucumbers which have less seeds and are sweeter with thin skin, for this recipe.

If Persian cucumbers are not available in your area, you may use English cucumbers instead.

Try to avoid using slicing cucumbers, for this recipe, as they have thick waxy skin which can turn out bitter in flavor, if used in this recipe.

Tomatoes

I use Roma tomatoes for this recipe.Pick the ones that are firm with a slight give.

Some recipes advice you to remove the tomato seeds,I did not for this recipe.

If you are using over ripe tomatoes that are juicier, throw the cut pieces into a colander to remove excess liquid.

Red Onion

Red onions are milder in taste than the white ones, so I prefer to use them in my salads.

If you find red onions pungent, you may choose to use shallots instead, in this recipe.

Green Bell Pepper

Adding green bell pepper to this recipe makes it crunchier, tastier and more vibrant. It is completely optional though.

Herbs

The original authentic recipe calls for adding dried and crushed mint as the herb.

Since, I did not have dried or fresh mint handy, I used cilantro instead.

Dressing

Most Mediterranean salads only need two basic ingredients extra virgin olive oil and citrus as dressing, along with salt and pepper which can be whisked together and added to the vegetables.

The dressing can also be added just before serving.

The traditional recipe calls for sour grape juice/ab-e-ghooreh  instead of lime juice, as the common acid added to the salad dressing.

How to make Shirazi Salad?

Dice and chop veggies small

For this salad it is important to chop and dice the veggies small, almost 1/4 inch pieces. It need not be as small as we dice them for making Tabbouleh, yet it makes for a more presentable salad when all the pieces are uniformly diced.

Best to use Persian cucumbers for this salad, if not use English cucumbers as both of them are sweeter and seedless( or with less seeds).Avoid using slicing cucumbers for this recipe, for the same reason we mentioned above.They might turn the salad bitter in taste owing to their thick waxy skin.

While using Roma tomatoes, make sure to see if they are firm to touch. Overripe tomatoes get juicier in a salad, so best to drain the liquid by placing the tomato chunks in a colander before adding them to the salad.I use Roma tomatoes for this recipe.

Adding in herbs and seasoning

The traditional recipe calls for adding dried mint.

If you are not using dried mint, you can use fresh mint ( 1/2 cup) instead, for this recipe.

Season with salt and pepper.

Some prefer in addition to use, Sumac a deep red spice made from sumac berries. This spice is most commonly used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking.This spice tends to add some depth and tang to this salad when used.

Dressing

Most Mediterranean salads only require a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil and citrus juice (2-3 tbsp of lime juice).

The authentic Iranian Shirazi salad uses ab-e-ghooreh or sour grape juice. Since, I did not have it, I only added lime juice and extra virgin olive oil, it still tasted great.

Persian Shirazi Salad Recipe |How to make

Persian Shirazi Salad Recipe |How to make

Recipe by Maya Shetty
Course: SALADSCuisine: Iranian, Mediterranean, Persian
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Servings

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Prep time

10

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Cooking time

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Calories

498

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Total time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 3 Persian Cucumbers if not use English cucumbers/chopped

  • 2 2 Roma Tomatoes chopped and seeded (optional)

  • 1 1 Red Onion chopped

  • 1 1 Green Bell Pepper chopped and seeded

  • 1 tbsp 1 Dry and crushed mint leaves if not 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

  • For Seasoning
  • Salt to taste

  • Black Pepper Powder to taste

  • Sumac optional

  • For Dressing
  • 3 tbsp 3 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 3-4 tbsp 3-4 Lime juice

  • Sour grape juice if available can be used instead of lime juice

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, place the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers.
  • In a small bowl or mason jar, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper until well combined.To flavor, add dried mint or fresh mint.
  • Adding sumac to the above mix is completely optional.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.
  • If not serving immediately, place the chopped vegetables in the refrigerator and add dressing just before serving.
  • If you like a bolder and juicier salad, then drizzle the dressing over the salad, keep covered in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.Serve chilled.

Notes

  • Since I did not have dried or fresh mint handy, I used cilantro as an herb, for this recipe.
  • You may try using cilantro, parsley or basil as per your preference of an herb as a variation.
  • I did not add sumac to this recipe, it still tasted great
  • Authentic Shirazi salad uses sour grape juice,( available in Persian stores)  instead of lime juice for this recipe.I did not have it, hence used lime juice.
  • Adding green bell pepper makes this salad crunchy and vibrant 

Nutrition Facts


  • Amount Per ServingCalories498
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 43g 67%
    • Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  • Sodium 19mg 1%
  • Potassium 963mg 28%
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
    • Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    • Sugars 14g
  • Protein 5g 10%

  • Vitamin A 33%
  • Vitamin C 168%
  • Calcium 8%
  • Iron 11%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

How to serve your salad?

If you are serving the salad right away, whisk the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper together in a serving bowl and then add the diced vegetables on top and gently toss them. This allows the flavors to mix well.

If you like your salad more on the crunchy side, don’t dress it with the lime juice and olive oil until you’re ready to serve.

If you like your salad more juicier and bolder in taste, dress it and then keep covered and chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so, before serving.


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FAQ’s

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

This Shirazi salad is best served right away, so the vegetables are nice and crunchy to bite.

If you need to prepare ahead, then place the chopped vegetables in the refrigerator and drizzle the already prepared dressing just before serving. (You may prepare and store the dressing in the refrigerator for 4-5 days ahead )When ready to serve, toss the salad and serve.

What can I serve this salad with?

You can serve this salad with any Persian rice and stew preparations.This salad is usually served as a side dish.

If you want to have this salad as a complete meal, then you may even add some shredded chicken to the salad.If you prefer a vegan version, then add some chickpeas as protein to the salad.

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Cindy Moore
Cindy Moore
1 year ago

Oh this looks wonderful! Also…I’m doing a post on salads this Wednesday, in my other blog Journey With Healthy Me. May I share a link to this recipe on your blog? And share one of your photos as well, with credit and link back to you?

Cindy Moore
Cindy Moore
1 year ago
Reply to  Maya Shetty

Thank you! Including this salad and a link to your blog. I’ll send you the post.

Danielle Ardizzone
1 year ago

This looks so good! I love a good salad.

Barbara
1 year ago

It all looks so enticing to try! YUM!

Larissa Li
Larissa Li
1 year ago

Yum! I bet it’s good! It has all of my favorite veggies. I didn’t know I already tried Iranian food;)

Marianne
Marianne
1 year ago

Looks fresh and tasty. My family would definitely enjoy this salad.

lisa manderino
lisa manderino
1 year ago

I haven’t heard of this type of salad before, I would love to give it a try!

Kristin
1 year ago

This has so much color! I love Greek salad so I bet I would love this even more!

Sabrina DeWalt
1 year ago

Sounds yummy! I would have to leave out the green peppers. Maybe use yellow or orage instead?

Cindy
1 year ago

This looks delicious!

Terra Booth
1 year ago

Being a single mom I am always on the hunt for quick and tasty recipes! Looking forward to giving this one a try!

Keirsten
1 year ago

Mmm… this looks so fresh and tasty. I love a good raw vegetable salad like this.

Tiffany
Tiffany
1 year ago

I’m excited…I’ll have most of these ingredients in my garden this year!

Alicia
Alicia
1 year ago

This recipe looks great! I eat pretty much a Paleo diet, and this is one recipe I could eat! Thank you!!

Diana
1 year ago

Ooh, looks simple, yummy, and healthy! I might have to try this one! Thank you for posting!

Sabrina
1 year ago

Great salad. Love all the ingredients. Looking forward to trying this salad.