Persian Walnut Salad with Herbs, Cucumber and Radishes – a nutritious summer side to all your outdoor grilling and gatherings! Vegan adaptable!

 Persian Walnut Salad with Herbs, Cucumber and Radishes - a nutritious summer side to all your outdoor grilling and gatherings! Vegan adaptable!

Toasting the walnuts gives this Persian Walnut Salad an earthy depth and delicious umami flavor. Together with cool crunchy radishes, crisp cucumbers and mounds of fresh herbs like mint, dill, cilantro, chives and parsley this refreshing salad pairs incredibly well with grilled chicken, meat or fish.

A flavorful and easy summer side dish and one that can be made ahead, this Persian Walnut Salad is perfect for potlucks and gatherings!

Persian Walnut Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, Mint, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley. Loaded up with fresh herbs this refreshing summer salad is the perfect side to summer grilling! #walnuts #cawalnuts #walnutsalad #persiansalad #herbsalad #persianherbsalad

This week I’ve partnered with California Walnuts to create this refreshing summer side dish.  The toasted walnuts give the salad a wonderful earthy crunch and delicious texture, not to mention added protein (4 grams/ounce), fiber (2 grams/ounce) and good, plant-based fats (13g/oz polyunsaturated and 2.5g/oz monounsaturated fat)and healthy plant-based fats.

Feel free to keep this Walnut Salad vegan or add feta for extra richness.

Walnuts are also cholesterol-free and are the only nut with a significant amount of plant-based omega-3 ALA (2.5 grams/ounce).

 

Persian Walnut Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, Mint, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley. Loaded up with fresh herbs this refreshing summer salad is the perfect side to summer grilling! #walnuts #cawalnuts #walnutsalad #persiansalad #herbsalad #persianherbsalad

If making ahead for a potluck or gathering,  just layer the ingredients, keeping the herbs on top ( so they stay fresh) and toss with dressing right before serving!

The simple lemony dressing enhances all the flavors of the herbs.

Persian Walnut Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, Mint, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley. Loaded up with fresh herbs this refreshing summer salad is the perfect side to summer grilling! #walnuts #cawalnuts #walnutsalad #persiansalad #herbsalad #persianherbsalad

Right before serving, taste and adjust lemon and salt one more time.

Persian Walnut Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, Mint, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley. Loaded up with fresh herbs this refreshing summer salad is the perfect side to summer grilling! #walnuts #cawalnuts #walnutsalad #persiansalad #herbsalad #persianherbsalad

Give this Persian Walnut a try this week and see what you think!

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Persian Walnut Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, Mint, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley. Loaded up with fresh herbs this refreshing summer salad is the perfect side to summer grilling! #walnuts #cawalnuts #walnutsalad #persiansalad #herbsalad #persianherbsalad

Persian Walnut Salad

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: persian

Description

Persian Walnut Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, Mint, Dill, Cilantro and Parsley. Loaded up with fresh herbs this refreshing summer salad is the perfect side to summer grilling!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup walnuts, lighted toasted
  • 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced (use a mandolin) or sub halved cherry tomatoes when in season
  • 5 Persian (or Turkish) cucumbers, thinly sliced ( or sub 1 large English cucumber)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped mint
  • ½  cup chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped tarragon or chives
  • 1/21 cup crumbled feta (optional)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Toast walnuts on a sheet pan, in a 350 F oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly toasted. Cool.

Place cooled walnuts along with remaining ingredients in a  large bowl and toss well. Taste, adjust salt and lemon. If it tastes bland, add a little more salt.

It should have a refreshing lemony kick.


Notes

Feel free to make ahead, adding the dressing closer to serving time -so herbs stay nice and fresh looking.  Always re-taste before serving, adjusting salt and lemon.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 263
  • Sugar: 2.1 g
  • Sodium: 126.3 mg
  • Fat: 25.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.4 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 11.1 mg

Keywords: Persian salad, persian walnut salad, herb salad, persian walnut salad recipe, walnut salad recipes, persian salad recipes

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I did riff on at the salad a bit as I didn’t have a radish but instead used julienned kohlrabi. I don’t like cilantro so left it out and didn’t have dill or tarragon. But walnut with cucumbers and citrus was amazing. Added CSA purslane which married well with citrus flavors

  2. This salad is so delicious and so healthy! All those fresh herbs are so nutritious. I’ve made this salad many times, most recently for our Persian New Year Celebration, Nowruz. The salad was devoured and all gone!

  3. So yummy and refreshing and best of all easy and quick! I kept the recipe vegan but instead of lemon I used a fresh peach. Half in the dressing with a little honey and half chopped up in the salad. Just because I have a line up of ripe peaches on my window sill.

    I was also able to use all the herbs from my garden: basil, thyme, mint and parsley. Forgot to take a pic! We ate it too fast!.

  4. Hi,
    I have made many of your recipes and enjoyed them with my family. I was born in Tehran and have been making Persian food for my family for 30 plus years here in Houston. The Persian Salad that you have today is not really a Persian recipe. There are two other veriations. One has cucumber, tomato, and onion all chopped to small peices mixed with lemon juice and salt and pepper. The other one is made with chopped cucumber, Greek yogurt, and dill weed, salt and pepper. Some people put mint instead.
    Thanks
    Sima

    1. I was wondering about that and appreciate your comment. I love to learn about traditional foods of many cultures and also switching them up some with whatever ingredients are in season.

    2. Appreciate this Sima. I love the idea of that cucumber and greek yogurt with dill. Will have to try that.

  5. Delicious, beautiful, vibrant, and fresh!I’ve made this a few times lately for small gatherings and everybody comments on both how lovely it looks and tastes!

  6. Perfect summer salad. So good and refreshing. Will definitely make again. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. This recipe sounds delicious. However, I’m not able to use citrus (lemon/lime/orange) in my cooking. Is there another dressing that I could make that would be good with this recipe but does not include lemon?

  8. Made this again at a summer barbeque and was enjoyed by everyone … without fail! Such a refreshing salad anytime of the year.

  9. In the end I did not put the orange slices and stuck to the true recipe. It was a big hit with everyone. I served it between the soup and the main course and they all said it was a delicious and refreshing course before the main. Thanks again Sylvia.

  10. This looks amazing and perfect to serve at my Christmas dinner. Can I add slices of oranges? Will definitely put on my menu. Thanks Sylvia.

    1. Of course, give it a try! You can always test it first, with a little piece of orange and see what you think!

  11. 7 some halved cherry tomatoesmaking this tomorrow when the family comes over, will add a pear as suggested in comments

  12. A lovely interesting salad, worth serving cold( it was a hot day and I had gotten my vegetables out beforehand, next time I’ll make sure to have them fresh out of the fridge) the only change that I made was adding a sliced pear to the salad. Thanks for a great recipe

  13. Just made this recipe today and it’s so fresh, delicious and nutritious!

  14. Delicious salad! I kept going back for more! I added chopped arugula with the fresh cilantro and parsley, and added dried mint and dill to the dressing. Next time, I’m going full on fresh with the herbs! Thank you so much for your beautiful and healthy recipes.

  15. This sounds like a great seasonal salad for summer. I love middle eastern food and add nuts to everything!