Salad plays a special role in the diet of all people around the world, and nutritionists recommend eating a plate of delicious salad throughout the day. The traditional Iranian salads are completely healthy salads that can provide a huge part of the vitamins you need.
What are the most popular and the best traditional Iranian salads?
Salad is one of the oldest foods among Iranian foods, and the history of salad consumption among Iranians goes back two thousand years ago. Also, this delicious food is very popular in the world, and every country has its own recipe for preparing different types of salad according to its culture. In the past, Iranians poured oil or vinegar on fresh vegetables and this was the easiest way to prepare an authentic Iranian salad. Later, there were changes in the preparation of salad, and today you can see a great variety of delicious Iranian salads. Iranian salads have the lowest amount of carbohydrates and harmful fats and are rich in vitamins and useful nutrients for the body. Therefore, you must include some delicious traditional Iranian salads in your diet and in this way, ensure your body’s health.
1- Shirazi salad; The best traditional Iranian salad
Shirazi salad is one of the best traditional Iranian salads that most Iranian people are interested in eating it. To prepare this traditional Iranian salad, you need cucumber, tomato, onion, dry mint and some lemon juice. You have to chop all these ingredients equally and mix them with mint and lemon juice. Shirazi salad can be seen on the menu of most restaurants, and Iranians prefer to serve this salad with dishes such as Ghormeh Sabzi, Khoresht Gheymeh and Lubia Polo. It is interesting to know that besides Iran, this salad is very famous in other countries of the world and it is one of the symbols of Iranian cuisine.
2. Salad-e fasl (Season Salad)
Salad-e fasl is a popular and famous Iranian salad that is seen on the dining table at most important parties and gatherings. As its name suggests, this salad will be different in each season according to the ingredients of that season. For example: in spring and summer, fruits and vegetables of the same season are used to prepare it, and all the ingredients used in it are cold in nature in order to keep the body temperature cool. But in the winter season, to prepare this salad, fruits and vegetables of the same season with a hot nature will be used. Usually, lettuce, cabbage, tomato and cucumber are the main components of this salad and they are decorated with grated carrot and corn. But as we said, depending on the season, you can use other ingredients in the preparation of delicious seasonal Iranian salad.
3. Lettuce and carrot salad
If you are looking for a simple Iranian salad recipe, lettuce and carrot salad will be a good choice. This salad is prepared from a combination of shredded lettuce and some grated carrot and can be served with your favorite sauce or vinegar. This simple Iranian salad is an ideal and affordable choice for people who are on a diet and don’t want to go for fatty and heavy meals.
4. Cabbage salad
Cabbage salad is one of the most famous types of Iranian salad, which has a special place among Iranian people. This salad is prepared using purple cabbage or white cabbage and will be served with dishes such as shami kebab, Chelo Kebab, Joojeh Kabab, etc. To prepare this salad, you need to shred some purple or white cabbage and mix it with walnuts, lemon juice, salt, black pepper and some mayonnaise and yogurt. This salad has a unique taste and is very nutritious due to the presence of walnuts in it. Many people consider cabbage salad to be the best Iranian salad.
5. Cabbage and pomegranate salad
One of the tastiest, most nutritious and of course the most beautiful types of authentic Iranian salads is the cabbage and pomegranate salad. This salad is a simple Iranian salad that you only need some pomegranate and shredded white cabbage to prepare. Serve these two ingredients with some mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt and make your food more colorful and delicious.
Spinach salad is a wonderful appetizer to help increase appetite. The way to prepare Iranian spinach salad is very simple and it is made with some fresh spinach, together with a combination of walnut and pomegranate paste. The presence of pomegranate paste and walnut in this salad will make its taste much more unique and pleasant.
Many nutritionists consider vegetable salad as the most important Iranian salad. Of course, this salad is prepared in different ways and with different vegetables in other countries. You do not have any special restrictions on how to prepare Iranian vegetable salad and you can prepare this salad with any vegetables that are in your refrigerator. These vegetables can be used both raw and steamed to prepare the vegetable salad. This is one of the best traditional Iranian salads.
8.White cabbage and raisin salad
White cabbage and raisin salad is one of the delicious and unique types of Iranian salad. This salad is usually served at parties and is an alternative to season salad. You can also see this salad on the menu of most traditional Iranian restaurants. To prepare this salad, you need to cut the white cabbage thinly. Then mix with chopped walnuts, washed raisins, cooked corn, grated carrot, mayonnaise, lemon juice and salt. If you want, you can add some yogurt and olive oil to this salad.
Olive salad is one of the most delicious types of Iranian salads, which has many benefits for the body. The way to prepare Iranian olive salad is that you have to chop some green or black olives or a combination of both, and then mix them with scallion, thyme, parsley and chopped tomatoes. Finally, add some olive oil and pomegranate sauce to it to get a wonderful taste.