Recipe – Çoban Salatasi (choban salad)

Çoban Salatasi/choban salad or ‘Shepherd’s salad’ in turkish is a very popular salad in Turkey. Simple, light, refreshing, healthy and easy to prepare salad is great for summers, also complements main courses and makes a great snacking option between meals. The key here is to use ripe, juicy tomatoes and fresh ingredients. It has a tendency to become soggy soon, so dont make it in advance. Have kept it the authentic way; sometimes, I love to add feta cheese, a teaspoon of sumac for tangy flavour and also sop up the juices with pieces of bread. This colourful and delicious salad is great for picnics and buffet too.

prep time : 15 mins, serves : 4-6, cuisine : turkey, author : gloria

Ingredients

3 nos ripe tomatoes (de-seeded/chopped)

1 English cucumber (peeled/chopped)

1 red bell pepper (de-seeded/chopped)

1 red onion (sliced)

½ bunch parsley (chopped)

for the dressing :

hand-squeeze juice of 1 lemon

generous amout of extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Wash the vegetables and drain them. Chop tomatoes cucumber, red bell pepper and parsley. Slice onion finely. Place it in a large bowl; mix nicely and refrigerate.

Combine ingredients mentioned under ‘for the dressing’ in an empty jar and shake well. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad; allow it to rest for 10 mins to bring out its delicious flavour .

Enjoy!!

my observations/notes

  • use ripe juicy tomatoes
  • can use cilantro instead of parsley
  • can sprinkle a large pinch of sumac, if required
  • can add crumbled paneer