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Shirazi Salad

Shirazi salad is a healthy, refreshing, and delish Persian cucumber salad that you can make in just 15 minutes. This quick and easy cold chopped salad showcases fresh vegetables, herbs, and a bright citrus vinaigrette. Serve it chilled for the perfect side dish or light meal on its own or to pair with meats such as kebabs.
Course:Side Dish
Cuisine:Iranian, Persian
Keywords:cold chopped salad, Persian cucumber salad, shirazi salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories85.1 kcal
Cost $ 1.50 per person



  • 4 Roma tomatoes small diced (if not removing the seeds, place the chunks in a colander for about 5 minutes to release excess juices. But if you have 5- minutes to spare, I recommend you remove the seeds!) - You can use cherry tomatoes as an alternative but make sure to small-dice them.
  • 1 English cucumber or 4 small Persian cucumbers, small diced (no need to peel)- Field cucumbers will work in a pinch, but make sure to peel and seed them.
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onions or yellow onions if you prefer
  • 3 tablespoon EACH chopped fresh parsley, mint, and dill Fresh cilantro can be used as well.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sumac or more to taste (optional) - Alternatively, use lemon zest, lemon pepper, coriander, or za’atar.
  • 4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice OR lime juice can be used as a substitute and gives this salad a better tangy taste.
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil You can also try avocado oil or another mild-flavored oil.


  • Prep all the ingredients! Then, place the diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions into a large bowl.
  • Next, add the fresh herbs, and a good pinch of salt and pepper to the veggie mixture. Add sumac and then lime juice and EVOO, tossing everything together to combine. TIP: For a crunchier texture, only add lime juice and EVOO about 15 minutes before serving the salad.
  • If you have time, cover and chill this salad in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour for the best flavor.

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Recipe Notes

  • Fridge: Store this Shirazi salad recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: Persian cucumber salad isn’t meant to be frozen since the vegetables will become mushy once thawed.


Calories: 85.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.5g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 212.4mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 566.2IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 18.6mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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