Turkish Shepherd’s Salad (Video)

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Turkish Shepherd’s Salad, or Çoban Salatası, is, perhaps, the most frequently served salad on a Turkish table. In our family it is a must when we have grilled meats, rice and bulgur pilafs, stews, and myriad of other dishes. It is super good on its own too, as a light meal.

The salad is made with a crunchy and colorful concoction of finely chopped  fresh vegetables, jazzed up with aromatic herbs – the classic one being parsley, with dill and mint as additional options.

The dressing is nothing more than a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Turkish Shepherd’s Salad is a nutrition bomb.


Turkish Shepherd's Salad (Video)
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Turkish Shepherd's Salad is a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, rice pilafs, stews, and more, and is great on its own, too. A crunchy, refreshing concoction of finely chopped fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onion, perfumed with fresh herbs, and flavored with olive oil and lemon is simply perfect.
Recipe type: Salads
Serves: Serves about 4
  • 4 medium ripe, juicy tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 4 medium cucumbers, finely chopped (peel completely if the skin is coarse, otherwise, do a zebra-stripe peel, or leave the peel on)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • Few pinches of chopped fresh dill (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly squuzed juice of ½ lemon
  • Pinch of sumac (optional)
  1. Put the vegetables and herbs in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, and, if using, sumac. Adjust these ingredients to your taste.
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately.

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