The Persian tradition of a sabzi platter – aromatic herbs, radishes, alliums, salty feta, and sweet halvah – is equally delicious in salad form. Another seasonal Persian favorite, green (or immature) almonds, adds an unusually tart note.
When very young, the entire almond fruit is edible, from its green, peach-like fuzzy outer layer to the clear, jelly-like nascent nut inside. As it matures, the still-tender nutmeat whitens and the outer layer becomes too hard to eat. Look for them at farmers markets in almond-growing areas and also at Persian groceries. Green almonds are lovely both raw and pickled.
If you don’t have green almonds, well, you can make this beautiful salad anyway!
- In a salad bowl, combine the lettuce, chives, mint, tarragon, and radishes. Just before serving, thinly slice the almonds crosswise and add to the salad. Drizzle the oil and lemon juice over the salad, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat evenly.
- Mound the salad on a serving platter or divide among individual salad plates. Top with large feta and halvah crumbles or serve with slabs of each on the side.