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Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad

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Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

PERSIAN TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD

If you have had a chance to buy tomatoes from your farmers market or if you have them growing in your garden, you know that they are at their peak right now. Juicy, flavorful and just plain delicious! Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods and I eat them a lot. There is nothing like a summer tomato in my opinion. This Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad uses almost everything that I grow in my garden during the summer months. My kids and I have fun collecting the ingredients  when they are ripe and then they help me wash the ingredients and toss everything together after I chop it all up. It is nice for them to see where their food is coming from. This is such an easy salad to throw together and is healthy, packed with flavor and customizable.

The salad mixes together fresh tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and jalapeños and then tossed with an olive oil lemon dressing. It makes the perfect side dish to many meals including these Shish Taouk Chicken Thighs,  Kibbeh Meatballs or this Tandoori Grilled Chicken.

Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

If you want to eat this Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad for lunch try adding grilled chicken, chickpeas and feta cheese. Or if you want to pack even more vegetables in try adding cooked eggplant, bell pepper and zucchini. I love these type of salads because they are so easy to throw together and use simple, fresh ingredients.

Growing up in a Lebanese family meant that we ate a lot of salads similar to this Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad. A few of our other family favorites include Tabbouleh, Cucumber Yogurt Salad and this Mediterranean Eggplant Salad.  All of these are perfect salads to use up fresh summer produce, are healthy and a little different than your typical lettuce based salad.

Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

Other ingredients to add to this salad that you might enjoy:

  • Feta cheese
  • Chickpeas or white beans
  • Grilled chicken or salmon
  • Additional vegetables including bell peppers, zucchini and grilled or cooked eggplant
  • Kalamata or green olives
Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 4 beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 of an english cucumber {about 1 cup}, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/4 of a large red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a lemon juiced {more or less lemon juice depending on your tastes}
  • 1 teaspoon za'atar {optional}
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the tomatoes, english cucumber, jalapeño, red onion, parsley and fresh mint. In a mason jar or salad dressing container mix together the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, za'atar, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine.

Notes

This is a great salad to add a variety of ingredients to. Try: grilled chicken, feta cheese, chickpeas, white beans and a variety of other vegetables like cooked eggplant, bell pepper and zucchini.

Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad is a fresh, light salad mixing tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, fresh mint and parsley and topped with an olive oil lemon dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any dinner or a nice lunch with some added chickpeas or grilled chicken. 

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