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Shirazi Salad

Shirazi Salad is made by combining fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions with a light and lemony dressing. This is a nice summer side dish your guests will love! 



Happy Thursday (which means it is almost a holiday weekend!). Does anyone have big plans?

We will be celebrating our sons 2nd birthday and just enjoying the summer weather.

Yesterday my son turned 2! I can’t believe that he is 2 already.

When I think back on the past two years it seems sometimes like it was the longest two years of my life and then in other ways the fastest two years of my life!

My son has brought so much joy to our lives and always keeps us entertained and on our toes. 

There are many moments that Mike and I look at each other and wonder how we kept ourselves busy before Will?!

Also I keep thinking how much a baby changes into a toddler in two short years and goes from just sleeping and eating to having such a personality—running, forming sentences, having strong dislikes and likes—it is truly amazing !

Ok, enough of the reminiscing…

Will Birthday

Speaking of birthdays—lets talk about the cupcakes I made for Will!

Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes from Martha Stewart with a homemade Cream Cheese Frosting…they were so tasty!

I am not sure why I haven’t been making my own cream cheese frosting all along—it is so simple to do! If you need a birthday treat and want to sneak some veggies in– this is the recipe for you. 😉

Moving on—today I am sharing one of my favorite summer salads. It is adapted slightly from a Persian Shirazi Salad, which I have seen made several ways. 

The main ingredients are cucumbers (some people use English cucumbers—I just used a regular cucumber from my garden), tomatoes (I used heirlooms but use whatever you please) and red onion. 

I love making fresh salads using the cucumbers and tomatoes out of my garden and eating them through the week for lunch.

Shirazi Salad - cucumbers, tomato and red onion

The light lemony dressing on this salad mixes perfectly with the parsley and the vegetables. 

We have to enjoy every last bit of summer before its gone right? Especially the fresh fruit and veggies!

Shirazi Salad {Cucumber, Tomato & Onion Salad} Recipe


Shirazi Salad {Cucumber, Tomato & Onion Salad}

Shirazi Salad {Cucumber, Tomato & Onion Salad}

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

A crisp, fresh summer salad mixing tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion and topped with a lemony dressing.


  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, sliced into circles
  • 1/4 of a red onion
  • 1/4 cup curly parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and parsley in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Drizzle over the tomato salad and mix so the dressing coats the salad.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Maria G.

Thursday 5th of September 2013

I like to cook this salad because it is a perfect addition to any dish and by the way, it is full of vitamins which are necessary for our health. Lemon dressing is really good here but sometimes I add just a several spoons of olive oil.

Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

Sunday 1st of September 2013

Yum, I love tomato and cucumber salads, and this one looks so refreshing!

And happy birthday to Will!


Sunday 1st of September 2013

Thanks! I can't believe he is two! :)

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Friday 30th of August 2013

I remember those days.. the little one is asleep or doing something cute and you think how clever you both are for bringing this perfect human being into the family.

Then they paint the wall next to their crib with poop that fell out of their diaper and you think... this is probably from my genes. :)

Summer is nearly here! I'll have this salad soon.

Beth Blacksin

Friday 30th of August 2013

I love this salad as a stable around my house. You can also add feta cheese for so that it is a little more filling. Happy bday Will!!


Friday 30th of August 2013

Oh feta sounds delicious in this! Reminds me of Mykanos!

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

Thursday 29th of August 2013

Aww Happy birthday Will! I love this salad it is the easiest thing to put together on a hot summer day!


Thursday 29th of August 2013

Will says thanks!! And I agree--I love easy summer salads!

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