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Persian Salad Dressing

Persian Salad Dressing. This is my first contribution to the blog and I decided to start with an easy recipe that is from my Persian heritage. This recipe is from a book I own called In My Persian Kitchen. Both my Mom and Dad's families lived just outside Tehran from 1932-1947 after escaping out of Russia. My parents were married in Iran in 1943. There are a lot of Persian influences in my Mother's kitchen passed down to us.

  • 1/3 cup Light Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic crushed (pressed)
  1. Whisk all ingredients together until incorporated well and slightly thickened.
  2. Pour over salad greens with cucumber, tomatoes and onions and toss well. 


  1. Hi Ellen,
    I was just going to post something when there was nothing new and then yours popped up. It needs to be at the top for a bit. It's your first and isn't it easy and fun?
    The recipe sounds good and easy too!

  2. oh my...that sounds super delicious...and healthy. I am definitely going to try this this weekend. Wonderful. And your future posts will be every bit as interesting as this one I am sure. I am personally looking forward to that Persian influence!

  3. Oh Ellen .. .you did it perfectly.
    Thank you so much for your first contribution. I so appreciate hearing of your origin and the influence of the Persian food.

    I know we'll be treated to many wonderful recipes from you. . welcome to the blog.

  4. This sounds good and simple--I like that. After 25 years of cooking I am always looking for "new" anything. Sounds like interesting heritage to draw from--thanks for sharing.

  5. Why hello Ellen!! That sounds good - I don't often make my own dressing but I'd like to give it a try.

    I love this blog - whenever I'm hungry I head here.

    That might not be so good...

    I don't suppose there are Mennonite diet recipes? Probably not...

  6. Welcome to our new cookbook, Ellen! That sounds good, healthy & simple...and a little Persian influence is great.

  7. There is another good one that I can't find but uses some ratio of yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and dill. Its delicious and similar to white French dressing.

  8. Yes I agree with annalise, there is an Iranian everyday dressing that uses mayonnaise as the chief ingriedient.
    Like a kitchen quick dressing, I don't remember yoghurt, but maybe lemon juice, all I know is it starts as mayo thick, and is very quickly a yummy white dressing.And maybe mint or dill, an herb definitely featured. Maybe after tossing is how the composition got changed from thick mayo.
    I think maybe we poured some of the juices from a roast chicken into it. It's very ad hoc and I never would have thought of having mayonnaise that way but it's truly good. The end product

  9. It's so yummy and healthy i try it.


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