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Sephardic - Djoban
This Sephardic salad combines elements of the Spanish
Pippirrana with those of the
popular Turkish Çoban salad.
This recipe makes about 2-1/2 pounds. It is a good buffet salad because
there are no greens likely to wilt, and it can be made ahead up to
Bell Pepper (2)
-- Dressing (3)
Wine Vinegar, red
Olive Oil ExtV
Olives, Black (4)
Salad - (35 min + 30 min chill time)
Dressing - (4 min)
- Cut TOMATOES into dice, about 3/8 inch, and drain them well,
preferably in a nylon strainer (drink the juice).
- Cut CUCUMBERS into strips, then into dice similar in size
to the tomatoes.(see Note-1). I usually pile the
cukes over the tomatoes in the strainer to help with draining.
- Chop ONION fine.
- Stem and core BELL PEPPER. Cut into squares about 3/8
inch on a side.
- Chop PARSLEY and MINT small. Mix.
- Mix together all Salad items. Refrigerate until ready to
Garnish & Serve - (5 min)
- Mix all Dressing items items in a small jar so they can
be shaken vigorously before pouring. Cool.
- Pit the OLIVES and cut in half lengthwise.
- Dress salad and serve chilled, garnished with pitted Olives.
For buffet service the Olives can just be mixed in.
- Cucumbers: Persian or similar cucumbers
which need neither peeling nor seeding are preferable, but if all you have
is regular waxed blimp cukes, peel them, cut in half lengthwise, and
seed them. Cut into strips, then dice. You'll need a couple ounces more
to compensate for the peels and seeds.
- Bell Pepper Any color can be used.
Sephardic cooks probably often use the Armenian / Hungarian / Turkish
pepper which has thinner walls and a different flavor, but barely more
heat than a bell pepper. For details see our
- Dressing: In France, salad dressings
are around 4 to 1 Oil to Vinegar. In Spain they are nearly equal, but
in Turkish and Sephardic practice they are relatively tart, as much as
1 to 2 Oil to Vinegar. Adjust if you feel you need to.
- Olives: These should be Mediterranean
oil cured olives, not California salad olives. Turkish black olives are
readily available in vacuum packs and are excellent.
- U.S. measure: t=teaspoon,
T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce,
#=pound, cl=clove in=inch
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