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Shirazi Salad

Shirazi Salad

By: Lee Holmes

In the world of culinary artistry, sometimes it’s the simplest of dishes that leave the most indelible mark on our taste buds. Enter shirazi salad, a vibrant and refreshing creation that encapsulates the essence of Persian cuisine. With its harmonious blend of fresh ingredients, this salad is a celebration of flavours, textures and the art of simplicity.



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  • 2 cups cucumber, finely diced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, finely diced
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Juice 1-2 lemons, to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt & black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp dried mint (optional, for extra flavour)


  • Wash and dry the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, parsley and mint and pat dry.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, chopped red onion, chopped parsley and chopped mint.
  • Drizzle the freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Gently toss all the ingredients together until well combined and the flavours are evenly distributed.
  • If using, sprinkle a small amount of dried mint over the salad.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl or individual plates.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint or parsley.
  • Serve as a side dish or light appetiser.


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Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.

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