Çoban Salatası or Choban salad (Turkish for Shepherd’s Salad) is a Turkish salad consisting of finely chopped tomatoes (preferably peeled), cucumbers, long green peppers, onion, and flat-leaf parsley. The dressing is made from of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt.
It is another take on the ubiquitous global Tomato and Cucumber Salad. The lovely twist to this one is the finely chopped ingredients, the tang of lemon, and the peeled tomatoes. It is rare that I peel tomatoes, but for this salad I break my own rule. Today we only had large olives in the pantry, but normally I would use smaller ones.
Çoban Salatası | Turkish Shepherd’s Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta
2 good quality large tomatoes, peeled
2 firm cucumbers, peeled
1 green pepper
1 small red onion
flat leafed parsley, chopped
0.25 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tblspn fresh lemon juice
sea salt and pepper
Dice the vegetables into small cubes, approximately the same size. Place them in a bowl and gently toss with the parsley.
Make a dressing from the olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. Drizzle over the salad and toss gently again.
Place the salad on a serving dish and top with olives and feta. Add a little more parsley if desired.
Best served with flat bread or crusty bread to mop up the juices.
recipe notes and alternatives
The onion can be omitted if desired.