Persian Food: Sabzi Khordan

by Pamela

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Sabzi Khordan is Persian food that’s name literally means eating greens.  While in most cuisines, you’d find “eating greens” consists of a rather boring lettuce salad with a few scattered tomatoes and maybe some shaved carrots and a slice or two of cucumbers, Iranian cuisine serves a variety of fresh greens with every meal.

The traditional plate of sabzi khordan consists of chives, green onions, mint, basil, tarragon, cilantro, radish, parsley, dill, watercress and walnuts.  It’s decoratively arranged on a large platter and passed with the family meal.  Everyone grabs a handful of herbs and eats the greens along with their meal.  I don’t recall where I first ran across Sabzi Khordan, but as soon as I found out what was in it, I had to try it.


Another way to enjoy this Persian recipe is to serve it with flat bread and goat’s milk feta cheese (which is quite a bit lighter in flavor than traditional feta cheese).  I have been enjoying this for lunch for quite some time now.  It’s a great way to get your daily quotient of greens and is a light, but filling, lunch.

One way to make this dish even more tasty is to grow these herbs yourself.

Relationship Advice

The relationship graphs were received so well last week, that I thought I would continue it again this week.  I promise to return to full verbal/written word snarkiness next week, but will throw in the occasional graph just to mix things up a bit.  Besides, it let’s me get my geek on.

This graph doesn’t depict the relationships between men and women so much as it displays the the relationships between women.



Recipe: Sabzi Khordan


  1. 1 Bunch Basil (trimmed and washed)
  2. 1 Bunch Tarragon (trimmed and washed)
  3. 1 Bunch Mint (trimmed and washed)
  4. 1 Bunch Chives (trimmed and washed)
  5. 1 Bunch Flat Leaf Parsley (trimmed and washed)
  6. 1 Bunch Cilantro (trimmed and washed)
  7. 1 Bunch Dill (trimmed and washed)
  8. 1 Bunch Green Onions (trimmed and washed)
  9. 1 Bunch Radish (trimmed and washed)
  10. 1 Bunch Watercress (trimmed and washed)
  11. 1 Handful of Walnuts
  12. 1 Block Goat’s Milk Feta Cheese
  13. 1 Package Flat Bread


  1. Remove the leaves of radishes and the green parts of the scallions.
  2. Vegetables should be trimmed to small, almost bite, size pieces.
  3. Dry all herbs and vegetables thoroughly.
  4. To make the onion “flowers,” make lengthwise cut from the white end of onion almost to the center of the onion; repeat and slice end into thin slivers. Toss into cold water and let sit for 30 seconds. You will then see the slices peel back and “bloom.”
  5. Remove the cheese from its package and place into a container filled with water.
  6. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove from the water and pat dry. (This removes some of the saltiness from the cheese.)
  7. Break the cheese into pieces and place on a separate plate.
  8. Place herbs, vegetables and walnuts on a platter and serve with cheese and flat bread.


You could also serve this with slices of lemon, to be squeezed on for more flavor.

Cooking time (duration): 20 Minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 8

Meal type: lunch

Culinary tradition: Persian


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Debi (Table Talk) April 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

As the weather gets hotter, it is easy to understand why clean flavors like this combination are so satisfying. A squeeze of lemon would be nice too–mmm.

sippitysup April 19, 2011 at 11:08 am

Similar ti the Turkish meze they bring you at a local place I like to eat at here in Hollywood. GREG

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks April 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

What a great accompaniment to a meal. It’s been awhile since I’ve been for Persian food and I don’t remember the Sabzi Khordan. Thanks for sharing. It’ll be a few months before I have fresh basil growing in my garden, but, the parsley, tarragon, and cilantro are peaking through.

Nancy@acommunaltable April 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

It has been wayyyy to long since I’ve read your posts!!! I have never seen this dish and I love the idea of it – so perfect for summer!!! Great relationship advice too!

Belinda @zomppa April 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

What a fantastic meal!! The fresh herbs and flavors are fantastic. Another perfect Venn diagram!

Brian @ A Thought For Food April 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

Eating greens sounds like an insult… like “Go eat some greens!” I’ll have to start using that.

This recipe, though, is in no way, shape, or form an insult. Looks like just the opposite, inf act… a refreshing dish to remember for the warmer months that are coming up.

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