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Shaved cucumber and pomegranate salad

You'll need

6 Lebanese cucumbers 60 ml (¼ cup) vegetable oil 60 gm (½ cup) flaked almonds Seeds from ½ pomegranate 2 tbsp each shredded mint leaves and chervil sprigs 2 tbsp snipped chives in 2cm lengths Juice ½ lemon 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 80 gm creamy feta, crumbled To garnish: radish microcress (optional)


  • 01
  • Using a vegetable peeler, shave the cucumber flesh into long strips, being careful not to include any seeds. Discard the seedy core. Tip the shavings into a colander set on a plate and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a small frying pan over a low heat and fry the almonds until golden brown (2 minutes). Drain briefly on paper towels.
  • 03
  • Combine the shaved cucumber with the pomegranate seeds and herbs in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil together and pour over the salad. Scatter on the feta and crisp almonds, season to taste, toss everything together gently, scatter with radish microcress, if using, and serve.
Note Reproduced from Saraban ($79.95, hbk) by Greg and Lucy Malouf, published by Hardie Grant Books. Recipes have been reproduced here with minor Gourmet Traveller style changes.

This recipe is from the November 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“Cucumber and pomegranate is a popular combination in Iran, and in this recipe I’ve taken the idea and run with it. Creamy white cheese and a toasty crunch of almonds make this is a refreshing salad or side dish, and it is especially good with spicier meat dishes.”

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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