Turkish Shepherd's Salad (Çoban Salatası)

shepherd's salad çoban salatası
Elizabeth Taviloglu
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
197 Calories
18g Fat
7g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 197
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Calcium 111mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Shepherd's salad, or çoban salatası (Cho-BAHN' sah-lah- tah-SU'), is a favorite in Turkey and Greece where fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers are sweet and plentiful during the summer months.

This salad has become "the salad of the people" throughout this part of the world with its simple, inexpensive ingredients. A nice alternative to green salad, it goes very well with picnic menus and grilled meats.


  • 2 large tomatoes (preferably vine-ripened)
  • 2 cucumbers (firm)
  • 1 bell pepper (green, or other green pepper [you also can use hot peppers])
  • Optional: 1 small red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (red wine, or fresh lemon juice)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup feta (or Turkish white cheese, crumbled)
  • Garnish: Turkish or Greek black olives

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Wash and pat dry the vegetables. With a sharp paring knife, skin the tomatoes then dice them into cubes, being careful not to crush the flesh.

  3. Remove the stems and seeds from the pepper and peel the cucumbers and optional onion. Dice them all into cubes about the same size as the tomatoes.

  4. Put all the diced vegetables in your serving bowl, add the parsley, and toss gently with your fingers.

  5. In an empty jar or shaker, combine the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper and shake well. Pour the mixture over the salad.

  6. Top the salad with the feta, black olives, and a bit more chopped parsley.

  7. Let the salad rest a few minutes before serving. Have crusty bread handy to dip in the juices.

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