In my neck of the woods, it has been so hot that its been miserable to cook or eat a heavy meal. It's too humid to eat something hot, so on days like this, I make a light salad -- usually a Persian cucumber tomato salad called salad-e shirazi. It has chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, herbs, and lime juice. It's perfect for a summer day! Salad-e Shirazi Recipe
Salads are a big part of Middle Eastern cuisine. Don't let the name "salad" hold you back! Middle Eastern salads are full of flavor and really pack a punch. Throw out your traditional salad dressing; with these salads, you simply won't need the extra flavor!
More Middle Eastern Salads:
- Tabouleh Made with fresh bulghur wheat, veggies, olive oil and spices, it can be eaten in pita bread, scooped onto pita bread, or traditionally with a fork.
- Fattoush A bread salad made from pita or French bread. Use different types of bread to add a variety of flavor.
- Ezme Salatasi A spicy alternative to a tossed salad. It contains lots of fresh veggies and spices that will fire up the palette.