Since discovering golpar, I have been looking at ways to use it. This lovely salad has its origin in a book by Najmieh Batmanglij, New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking. It is quite a terrific salad, with the flavour bursts of pomegranate kernels, the tang of the lime, golpar and salt, the freshness of mint and the cooling taste of the cucumber. It is a remarkable mix of flavours and is totally gorgeous. It would make a great Xmas Salad with those lovely colours.
Golpar is the powder made from the seeds of Iranian Hogweed, and you can read more about it here. Pick up some of the powder or the seeds at a Middle Eastern or Afghan grocery. If you can only find the seeds, grind them to a powder in a spice grinder.
Similar recipes include Salted Cucumber Salad, Pomegranate Salsa, Tomato and Pomegranate Salad, and Golpar Namak.
Browse all of our Cucumber recipes, our Pomegranate recipes and our Salads (lots of them). If you are just looking for Cucumber Salads, they are here. Or explore all of our Early Summer dishes.
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In the Middle East and places like Afghanistan and Turkey, Pomegranates are all the rage, and the pairing of olives, pomegranate and nuts is rather common as you get closer to the Mediterranean. We have used Pomegranates with Walnuts and Pistachios before, with just Walnuts, with Hazelnuts, and today we use just Pistachios. This one is a herbaceous salad, and absolutely divine.
The dressing has the Middle Eastern spice, Golpar, in the dressing. This is available from Middle Eastern and Afghan groceries. You might need to buy the seeds (they look like lacy butterfly wings) and grind your own. It is a beautiful spice, but if you can’t find it, leave it out.
Similar recipes include Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad, Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad with Molasses, Burghul Salad with Olives, Hazelnuts and Pomegranates, and Tomato and Pomegranate Salad.
Browse all of our Pistachio dishes, Pomegranate recipes and our recipes using Olives. All of our Salads are here. Or explore our Early Summer collection of recipes.
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From Plenty More, Ottolenghi comes up with a cracker tomato salad with hints of the Middle East.
Who can go past a tomato salad in late summer or autumn when the tomatoes are the sweetest and juiciest? And to celebrate the arrival of Autumn and it’s change in colours, Ottolenghi has this cheery bright red salad that combines the sweetness of the tomatoes with the sour-sweetness of the pomegranates.
The salad is best made when pomegranates are in season and beautiful tomatoes are available.
Are you after Pomegranate recipes? Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses and Pomegranate Honey. Or try Green Olive, Walnut, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad, Semi Dried Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses, and Crab Apple and Pomegranate Jelly.
You might want to try these Tomato Salads as well: Simple Tomato and Bread Salad, Bok Choy with Capers and Tomatoes, the Best Tomato Salad Recipe, and Simple Salads from Elizabeth David. We adore a Simple Tomato Salad, and my Mother’s German tomato and cucumber salad with cream.
All of our Tomato Salads are here and all of our Pomegranate dishes here. Or browse all of our many Salads. Alternatively, explore our Mid Autumn dishes.
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The most incredible salad
In the past it has been difficult to get pomegranates that were as tasty as those in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in India. There, they are so flavoursome, sweet, served by the bowlful for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here, early in the season, there were only wild pomegranates in the shop. Small, tart, hard, inedible. It was only later, much much later, some became available that approach the deliciousness of the fruit of India.
Are you after Pomegranate recipes? Why not make your own Pomegranate Molasses, Pomegranate Vinegar and Pomegranate Honey.
Or try Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad, Olive, Pistachio and Pomegranate Salad, Pomegranate and Banana Salad, Pomegranate Salsa, and Burghul Salad with Pomegranates.
You can browse all of our Pomegranate recipes here. And browse all of our Salad recipes here. Or be inspired by our Mid Winter recipes.
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Celebrating the Pomegranate.
On one trip to Kerala in India, the hotel had the sweetest and most succulent pomegranates at each meal. They were so unlike anything that we could get at home that I ate more that I care to mention.
In Kerala, the pomegranates were beautiful. The salads and side serves featuring the bright red globules were wonderful. For many years our local pomegranates were tough and bitter. Fortunately times have change and good pomegranates are more widely available.
Are you after more Banana recipes? You might also like to try Banana and Berry Lassi, Banana Halwa, or Flattened Rice with Bananas and Honey. Explore some more information about Halwa.
Are you after more Pomegranate Recipes? Try making Pomegranate Honey or your own Pomegranate Molasses. Also try Pomegranate Salad with Green Coriander and Lime, Crabapple and Pomegranate Jelly with Rosebuds, Green Olive, Walnut and Pomegranate Salad and Tomato and Pomegranate Salad.
Have a look at all of our recipes from Kerala or all of our Indian recipes. Our Banana recipes are all here and our Pomegranate ones here. You can also browse our Dessert recipes. Or simply explore our Early Autumn dishes.
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