Persian Yogurt Cucumber Salad (Mast-o-Khiar)

Mast-o-khiar is a scrumptious classic Persian salad of cool cucumbers with creamy yogurt, and infused with fragrant herbs. Presented here in two ways – as a traditional salad and in a modern appetizer style. It makes a great Persian style appetizer that is quick, easy, vegetarian, low in carbs and gluten free.

Persian Yogurt Cucumber Salad (Mast-O-Khiar)

Mast-o-khiar is a scrumptious classic Persian salad of cool cucumbers with creamy yogurt, and infused with fragrant herbs. Presented here in two ways – as a traditional salad and in a modern appetizer style. It makes a great Persian style appetizer that is quick, easy, vegetarian, low in carbs and gluten free.
Prep Time20 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Mast-O-Khiar, Rose Petal, Sumac, Yogurt
Servings: 6 Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 English Cucumber Seedless
  • 3-1/2 Cups Greek Style Yogurt
  • 1-2 Cloves Garlic Grated
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Dill Chopped
  • 3 tbsp Green Onion or Shallot Chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint Chopped
  • 2 tsp Nomad Rose Petals Chopped
  • 2 Pinches Nomad Tellecherry Ground Black Pepper
  • Nomad Himalayan PinkSalt  To Taste
  • 2 tbsp Raisins, Soaked Optional
  • 2 tbsp Walnuts, Chopped Optional

Instructions

Persian Yogurt Cucumber Salad (Mast-O-Khiar)

  • Scrub the surface of one cucumber using a vegetable brush and rinse well. Chop into small pieces. Drain any juices very well. It should yield about 2 cups of cucumber.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cucumber,yogurt, garlic, dill, green onions, mint, and ground rose petals. Season it with pepper and salt as per taste.
  • Add raisins and walnuts if you prefer. Chill the mixture for one to two hours
  • If serving it as a traditional salad, then transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Garnish with Nomad Rose Petals and fresh mint to finish off the Mast-o-khiar.

Cucumber Salad Bites

  • If serving it as cucumber salad bites, then take the other cucumber, scrub and rinse the surface very well with a vegetable brush.
  • Cut off the ends of the cucumber. Then using a sharp knife cut it lengthwise through the center into two long halves.
  • Using a melon baller or teaspoon, scoop out the center portion of the cucumber to create a hollow cavity along the length of the halves. Then cut the hollowed-out cucumber halves into smaller pieces.Using a small spoon fill these with the cucumber yogurt mixture.
  • Garnish the yogurt cucumber salad bites withrose petals, mint, red pepper flakes, walnuts, raisins, etc.
  • Place the cucumber salad bites on a servingplatter and insert toothpicks to make it easy to serve.