Salad Shirazi – Drop the Clucker… Pick Up a Cucumber Instead

Connor Forbes
Connor Forbes
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Salad Shirazi

By Joanna Barajas

Does eating veggies even matter?

It’s more fun to eat a crispy chicken sandwich. Yeah, I like chicken sandwiches too. But I save those for my cheat days.

So if you need some convincing… Here’s 5 reasons to drop the clucker and pick up a cucumber instead.


  1. Help you reduce stress
  2. Help you control your appetite
  3. Eliminate toxins from your body
  4. Are 95% water and keep you hydrated
  5. Improve your skin and reduce wrinkles

Now that you’re convinced (even if you’re not), here’s a simple recipe to get you started.

Salad Shirazi

Ingredients (for 4):

  • 5 large Persian cucumbers. skin on, small diced
  • 2 extra large or 3 medium Roma tomatoes, small diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, small diced
  • 4-4.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 med lime (if not juicy, use a lime and a half)
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoons salt (according to taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dried mint
  • few sprigs of fresh mint, chopped


Combine ingredients in order listed above. Adjust salt & pepper to taste.

Goes great with hummus and pita!

I hope you try this new recipe! Snap a picture and tag me @chefjoannas on instagram so I see how yours came out.

Chef Joanna is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and is a private chef for the stars. She also hosts pop up dinners and cooking classes inspired by her travels around the world. You can find more of her work at

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