Cooking for Persian New Year - Tayebeh's Shirazi Salad

Try this recipe for Tayebeh's Shirazi Salad, a traditional Persian salad that would pair wonderfully with any feast. Courtesy of Free to Feed chef, Tayebeh!

Cooking for Persian New Year

Learn how to make Sabzi Polo ba Mahe (herbed rice with fish), a traditional Persian dish with Free to Feed chef, Tayebeh!

Tayebeh is a chef for Melbourne's social enterprise Free to Feed . Originally from Iran she still celebrates the annual holiday here in Australia, gathering the Haft-sin and cooking a traditional dish, Sabzi Polo ma Bahe (herbed rice with fish).

Tayebeh has kindly shared her recipe for a Shirazi Salad which you can make at home to accompany Sabzi Polo ma Bahe, and celebrate Nowruz with family and friends!

Tayebeh's Shirazi Salad


  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 4 Lebanese Cucumbers
  • 1 Red onion
  • ½ Bunch Fresh Mint
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbs Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp Salt, to taste
  • ½ tsp Pepper, to taste


  1. Wash all the vegetables and mint, peel the onion.
  2. Peel strips of skin from the cucumber.
  3. Top and tail the cucumber, then chop into a fine dice, place onto a platter.
  4. Finely dice the tomato so it’s the same size as the cucumber, then add next to the cucumber so they remain separated.
  5. Finely dice the onion, place it next to the tomato or cucumber to create a pattern.
  6. Pick leaves from and mint and finely chop, then add to tomatoes and cucumber.
  7. For the dressing, mix the lemon juice and olive oil together with salt and pepper and pour over the top of the salad.
  8. Enjoy!


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