The tenth of the month means it is time for the Muslim Food Blogger challenge. This month, the theme was something of so much interest to me. I had put up the theme with so much excitement, but somehow my mood slid and I struggled to put this post together. I can’t express how sad it makes me feel… 🙁
This month, we chose to cook from an Islamic nation and the country in question is Iran/ Persia. I love Iranian food and I have mentioned it in a few of the posts covering some of the recipes in that cuisine. I had planned to cook a few recipe, bookmarked them, printed them, bought the stocks… alas, somehow my mood just didn’t work and I had to settle for a simple recipe. At least I am happy that I am able to participate…
Iran or Persia has one of the richest history in the world, with their influence running through many many parts of the world. I have no mention of their food – it excites me and enthralls me to the core. Since I have already mentioned it before, I am not going to dwell around it. So let’s concentrate on this super simple salad that I bring along today.
Salad Shiraz is said to have originated in the Shiraz province of Iran. By the way, my nephew’s name is also Shiraz. 😀 The main ingredients in this salad is cucumber and tomatoes, and the major flavors are the mint and the lemon juice. It is a very forgiving salad to say the most. You can make it any way you want. More cucumbers? Please proceed. Less tomatoes? Of course, that’s fine. More vegetables? Add in some chopped capsicum or lettuce leaves. More herbs? Chop in some cilantro or parsley.
The recipe I have here is very basic and made to the taste of my family. They love cucumbers and loathe tomatoes, so I have used accordingly. Usually dried mint is used, but I have used fresh mint as available. I used limited lemon juice since we don’t like it too sour, but normally this salad is more on the sour category. I took the liberty to add some olive oil to add a little fat, and salt and pepper for seasoning. All in all, an easy salad for you when you have no clue what to make for salad! 🙂
For the time being, I feel it’s a good break from the brown colored pictures floating on the blog. 😀 Off to the recipe… and do not forget to check the other Iranian recipes attempted by my fellow bloggers in the below linky tool!
Salad Shirazi ~ Persian Cucumber Tomato Salad
- 2 large cucumbers
- 1 small tomato
- 1/2 onion
- 3 tbsp mint leaves minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and chop the cucumber into small pieces. Empty into a bowl.
- Chop the tomatoes and mince the onion. Add into the cucumber.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and toss well to combine.
- Allow to rest in the fridge for 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.