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Shirazi Salad

The Shirazi people are a Bantu group living on the East African coast near Kenya and the nearby islands. This salad is one of their specialty dishes. It is a delicious, refreshing summer treat.

Serves 4-5.


  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 2 medium Persian cucumbers
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Finely chop the tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Place them in a medium salad bowl.
  2. Add lemon or lime juice, olive oil, mint, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss well.
  3. Serve immediately or chill a few hours before serving.

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