Fragrant mixed herb and flatbread salad

Fragrant mixed herb and flatbread salad

domaaj

By
From
The Saffron Tales
Serves
4

I first sampled this fragrant salad at a small party at the home of Azadeh Sadeghzadeh, a vivacious young fashion designer from Tehran, and it is now one of my staple dishes whenever I am entertaining. I simply place a big bowl of it in the middle of the table and then let my guests help themselves to bowlfuls as we have a few rounds of drinks. It goes down a treat every time.

The salad works best with strips of Persian flatbread, but if you don’t have time to make your own, and can’t find any in the shops, then plain tortillas work just as well. The addition of golpar, with its citrussy aroma, really lifts this dish, accentuating the sweetness of the pomegranates and adding a wonderful depth of flavour, so try and track some down if you can.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
100g persian flatbread, (or toasted tortillas or pitta bread)
50g walnuts, roughly chopped
100g feta, crumbled
25g bunch mint, roughly chopped
25g bunch basil, roughly chopped
25g bunch tarragon, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, to garnish

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon golpar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Method

  1. Using a pair of scissors, cut the flatbread into small jagged pieces and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Toast the walnuts in a small pan over a medium heat for 2 minutes. Add them to the bowl, along with the crumbled cheese and chopped herbs.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and golpar (if you are using it) with the salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and then get your hands in there, giving the whole thing a good stir to evenly distribute it.
  4. Leave the salad for 10 minutes for the flavours to soak into the bread, then taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with a generous sprinkling of pomegranate seeds just before serving.
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