Piyaz with Cucumber & Onion
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: nil
This marvellous Iranian salad is beautifully dressed top to bottom, giving you a magnificent medley of flavours.
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Ingredients you'll need
  • 1 lemon
  • A handful of oregano
  • A tin of cannelini beans
  • A sachet of tahini
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 red onion
  • A pinch of chilli flakes
From your kitchen
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp cold water
You'll need
  • Grater
  • Food processor (optional)
  • Bowl
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Zest your lemon into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the oregano leaves, half the garlic clove, a pinch of salt, 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp lemon juice.

  • 2.

    Whiz into a delicious dressing. Taste. Tweak as needed. No kit? Finely chop your oregano; whisk with the remaining ingredients. Put the dressing to one side.

  • 3.

    Pop the tahini in a large bowl. Whisk with a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp water. Taste. Add a little garlic or more lemon, if you like.

  • 4.

    Drain the beans. Rinse well. Quarter the cucumber. Thinly slice it. Halve, peel and thinly slice your onion. Pop your onion in a sieve. Pour boiling water over - just enough to rinse. This will soften and sweeten the onions a little.

  • 5.

    Fold the beans, cucumber and onions into the tahini dressing. Taste. Add a pinch of chilli flakes if needed, to taste. Finish with the oregano dressing drizzled and more chilli (if you like) over the top.

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