Watermelon & Pistachio Salad

by My Persian Kitchen on December 20, 2012

Once a week I teach three classes in a row starting at 8am and going until 10pm. After the first class I have to commute to a different side of town which leaves me with about half hour to grab a bit to eat. Sometimes I get bored of my usual homemade Turkey Breast sandwich, so I make a quick stop to grab a bite. Healthy options are a bit limited around the area that I work, as it’s surrounded by fast food restaurants. Thankfully, there is an El Pollo Loco, which out of all the fast food choices it’s the healthiest of all. I usually settle in with a chicken breast and wing combo with a side of beans and salad. But one day, as I walked in, I was greeted with a huge poster which featured the picture of a very appetizing Watermelon and Pistachio Salad. This Persian girl was all over these flavors!!!

Of course I had try it immediately! About three weeks later when I went back, as my luck would have it, the salad had been pulled from the menu. Apparently, it was a special and it did not sell enough to keep it on the menu. I was very disappointed. But the disappointment didn’t last very long because I decided that I was going to make my own version of it.

This salad is very delicious and refreshing in the summer time, but it is also perfect for this time of the year. This salad’s flavors go very well with the Shabeh Yalda‘s food theme. Watermelons are still available this time of the year and are usually consumed on the evening of Winter Solstice.


8 cups lettuce of your choice
4 cups watermelon, small diced
1/3 cup pistachios
2 Persian cucumbers
4 small chicken breasts
1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper

Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Grill chicken until all the way cooked. Once done set aside and allow to cool to room room temperature.

Toast pistachios for a few minutes. Then allow to cool.

Cut watermelon in 1/2 inch cubes.

Cut cucumbers in half, then slice into half moons.

Cut lettuce in bite size pieces. You can use any type of lettuce you prefer. I used Romain lettuce.

Next, make the dressing. Add lemon juice to a bowl then slowly whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Slice chicken pieces, then begin building the salad.

First place the lettuce, watermelon, and cucumbers in a bowl. Add the dressing reserving 2 to 3 tablespoons of it. Then add chicken pieces on top followed by the pistachios. Then evenly distribute the remaining dressing on top of the chicken.

This salad can also be served without the chicken as a regular side salad. I hope you will enjoy this salad as much as we did!!!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Ahu December 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

What a great flavor combo! Love it!

The Tough Guy December 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I see nice pictures and everything else which makes this weblog very attractive to check aften but why do you think it is necessary to put your web page address on the bottom of every photo you post? That ruins the photo. A photo you share is for everyone to see and enjoy. By doing that you destroy it.

NA February 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I just wanted to let you know that your website is amazing. I am half Persian and currently studying abroad and living on my own.

I ask my mother for Persian recipes but sometimes with the time difference, I need to ask her questions but she’s asleep. So I Google the recipe I’m working on and your website comes up!

I love the simple way you write out the recipes and all the pictures you post. I used to think I’d never learn how to cook Persian food, but I’m on my way there thanks to your recipes! Please keep up the good work.

Daset dard nakoneh!

آزاده(باغبانی سبز February 28, 2013 at 3:37 am

سلام. خیلی وبسایت خوبی دارید بخصوص اینکه هر مرحله را با تصویر نشان داده اید. خوشحال می شوم به وبلاگ من هم سری بزنید.

My Persian Kitchen March 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The Tough Guy, thank you for your feedback. I find my pictures all over the internet without any credit being given back to the original source. That is the reason for which I include my website’s name.

Antonina March 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I was just wondering why you dont mention in your recipes how many people the dish will serve…


My Persian Kitchen April 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

Antonia, the recipes are usually for 6 people unless otherwise stated. You have raised a good point. I will include them for now on forward.

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