Louisa Shafia has a real gem of a cookbook in her The New Persian Kitchen, published earlier this year. The recipes are accessible and easy to love, though you might find yourself visiting Amazon for dried limes or pomegranate molasses, depending on where you live. This recipe is as simple as it gets, and it's delicious. Bring it on a picnic this summer!
Louisa Shafia's Tomato and Cucumber Salad
2 large tomatoes
1/2 a red onion
2 tablespoons dried mint
1/2 cup lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
Dice the cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions in similarly-sized pieces. Hold your hands over the salad and rub the mint between your palms. Add the lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, and stir thoroughly to combine.
(I also tossed some leftover cooked lentils in one day and it made a great lunch.)