December 06, 2008

Salad Shirazi

Iranian salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions

سالاد شیرازی Salad Shirazi is a classic Iranian salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions with fresh lemon and olive oil dressing. This is a healthy and easy side dish for any occasion.

Iranian Cucumber, Tomatoes and Onion
Persian Salad shirazi

Salad Shirazi

Serves 4

3 medium Persian cucumbers, diced
3 small firm tomatoes, diced
1 small red or yellow onion, diced

For the Lemon-Mint Salad Dressing

2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
2-3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon dried mint
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In medium mixing bowl, whisk together, olive oil, lime juice, dried mint, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. Add in the tomatoes, onion and cucumber, gently combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


  1. How far in advance can I make this? Is it ok to make it say, tonight? if it will not be served until potentially tomorrow night? And also the next day?

    1. Tarane, you can prepare this salad up to a day in advance and refrigerate it. Don't dress the salad until ready to serve and store the cut tomatoes separately in an airtight container.

  2. I use red wine vineger instead of gives a great taste..noshe joon../kian n.

  3. We make this in Mexico, too. But we call it Pico de Gallo.

    1. Nawww, not the same flavor. Especially if you include the mint.

  4. Yes, it is almost the same minus the jalapeno!

  5. I make salad shirazi all the time! It is my go to potluck dish and it never ceases to impress.

    If you don't have mint, it works so well with parsley and/or dill, which is what my favorite khaleh would do when she had fresh dill.