Thursday, November 3, 2011

Shepherd's Salad (Coban Salatasi)

Shepherd's Salad is a very classic and very popular salad in Turkey, especially in summer when the vegetables used in this salad are at their peak. It's light, refreshing and easy to make, and it goes great with almost any type of meal, from a summer buffet/barbeque to a lamb roast dinner in winter...
You will find that this is a very juicy salad; the dressing does not only cover the ingredients (like most salads), it also collects at the bottom, combined with all the juices from the veggies, especially the tomatoes. And that's where the bread comes into the picture, most people love dunking their bread into that delicious juicy dressing.
Ingredients: (Serves 6)
  • 1 cup cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Cubanelle pepper (or any other type of mild green pepper), seeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 cups tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sumac (optional)
  • Put all the veggies in a bowl/serving bowl.
  • Put the olive oil, lemon juice and salt into a jar or plastic container (with a lid). Close the lid very tightly, and shake vigorously. Pour onto salad and toss.
  • Optional: Sprinkle the salad w/ dried oregano and sumac, and gently toss once more.

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