In Persian cuisine, meals are often served with a plate of fresh herbs, first as an appetizer and then to enjoy throughout the meal. This would be perfect served alongside shish-ka-bobs or other grilled meats or fish. It would compliment any spicy or heavier main courses and would be fabulous with rice dishes too. Adding fresh herbs to your table will give you and your guests the wonderful option of adding vibrant, green freshness to the meal. A bit of basil, cilantro or fresh parsley can really wake up some grilled chicken or beef.
Grill a few flatbreads like naan or pita and make a simple cucumber and mint yogurt sauce. Pile your grilled food onto the bread, add fresh herbs, onions and more, top with the yogurt sauce and enjoy!
I love to serve fresh, uncooked vegetables with all meals if and when possible for a healthy balance. This is a beautiful way to showcase seasonal herbs especially when there’s so much goodness coming from the ground! All of the herbs shown here are homegrown. The Sabzi platter, pictured above, features basil, Greek oregano, mint, Italian parsley and French tarragon. Sliced and whole fresh radishes, whole walnuts, chunks of feta cheese, homegrown hot peppers, red onion and a few lime wedges round out the selection. Do your own thing. Add what you like and be creative. Assembling a platter like this takes no time at all and adds crisp, clean, raw freshness to your passionate table.