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Turkey - Çoban Salatasi
This is the most popular salad in Turkey, served everywhere salad is
served. It'a a delicious combination that can be made hours ahead, up
to dressing, and is durable on the buffet table because there are no
greens likely to wilt.
Armenian Pepper (3)
Olive Oil ExtV
Olives, Black (4)
Salad - (25 min + 30 min chill time)
Dressing - (4 min)
- Scald TOMATOES 1 minute in boiling water, quench in cold
water, peel and and dice about 3/8 inch (see
- Cut CUCUMBERS into strips, then into dice similar in size
to the tomatoes.(see Note-2).
- Quarter ONION lengthwise, then slice thin crosswise.
Put slices in a bowl, sprinkle 1 t salt over and rub it in. Let sit
for a few minutes, then rinsed well and squeeze out excess water.
- Chop CHILI fine.
- Pull MINT leaves from stems and chop them small. Do the same
- 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
- Tomatoes: Not all Turkish recipes in
my posession peel the tomatoes, and I certainly doubt shepherds did,
so consider this an optional refinement.
- 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.
- Armenian Pepper: Since I live across
the street from the Western Capital of Armenia (Glendale, CA), it is
diplomatic to call these "Armenian" rather "Turkish" (they don't get
along). Non-hot green Hungarian peppers are pretty much the same thing.
For details see our Chili Page.
- 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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