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Serving tossed salads at the Persian meal table wasn't as common as is it nowadays. More common, Persian cuisine features side dishes in the vein of pickled vegetables and yogurt mixes. As far as leafy green vegetables, Persians serve cold crisp snips of parsley,green onions, and radish leaves arranged in a small basket with a few radishes and chunks of feta cheese.

Beef Potato Patties

beef potato patties

Kohlet Gusht-oh Sibzamani

Easy and tasty dish made with groundbeef and boiled potatoe formed into bite sized patties fried in a shallow pan.

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Pickled Cucumbers

pickled cucumbers

Torshi khiyar

Pickling can preserve perishable foods for months, with a pH less than 4.6, pickling is sufficient to kill most bacteria. Great way to naturally detoxify the body, especially when antimicrobial herbs and spices are added.

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Salad Shirazi

cucumber tomatoes salad shirazi

Salade Shirazi

Finely chopped onions, crisp cucumbers and fresh sweet tomatoes, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice with a dash of salt and pepper.

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Spinach Patties

spinach patties

Kuku sabzi

Yummy snack type dish with leafy green vegetables like spinach and parsley.

Usually served alongside herb rice and fried fish or wrapped in flat bread filled with tomatoes and pickles.

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Cucumber Yogurt Dip

cucumber yogurt dip

Mast-eh Khee-yar

This dish is served at almost every lunch or dinner gathering.

The tangy and salty taste really goes well with steaming hot basmati rice.

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Homemade Yogurt

how to make yogurt

Mast-eh Shir

This dish is served at almost every lunch or dinner gathering.

The tangy and salty taste really goes well with steaming hot basmati rice.

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Chicken Salad

chicken salad

Salad Olivieh

This is my all time favorite chicken salad. However, is it fair to call it chichen salad, when it also includes potatoes, eggs, carrots...should I go on?

Be aware, this salad is like money, it disappears quickly. Great for parties, great for lunches or for when you need something to snack on.

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Pickled Cauliflower

pickled cauliflowers

Torshi gol kalam

Cauliflower contains chemicals beneficial to human health. Carotenoids and Sulforaphane which protect against cancer. Indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that enhances DNA repair and acts as an estrogen antagonist which slows the growth of cancer cells. Eating lots of cauliflower has been associated with reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

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Torshi

Spicy mixes of vegetables marinated in apple cider vinegar.


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