This homemade Turkish Shepherd Salad mezze (appetizer) is made with fresh vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and a yummy lemony dressing. It can be used as a dip or rolled up in a pita/ flatbread with falafel. The secret ingredient with this recipe is sumac. It gives it that wonderful authentic flavor.
Try our other great sides like Roasted Sunchokes with Thyme, Jerusalem Artichokes.
- Roma tomatoes- you can use any tomato, but I've found this works best with a more firm tomato. Cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise also work great.
- Red Onion- for an authentic taste, stick with red.
- Fresh Flat Leaf Italian Parsley- for the best taste, use fresh!
- Green Bell Pepper
- Shallot- minced garlic will also work
- Fresh Mint
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Red Wine Vinegar- apple cider vinegar will work in a pinch, but red wine is recommended
- Black Pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
Start by chopping the vegetables and herbs. Chop tomatoes and cucumber up into cubes roughly ½" wide or slightly smaller and place them in a medium sized mixing bowl. Thinly slice the red onion, then chop some of them a few times into smaller pieces and add to the bowl. Finely chop the shallot and add to bowl. Chop the parsley and mint and add to the bowl.
Drizzle olive oil then red wine vinegar over the vegetables.
Squeeze lemon juice over the vegetables. Stir to combine.
Next sprinkle spices (sumac, paprika, salt and pepper) over vegetables and herbs and stir to combine again.
Hint: fresh lemon juice is more flavorful than lemon juice concentrate, but concentrate will do in a pinch.
- Colored Bell Pepper - instead of a green bell pepper, substitute a colored one in.
- Grape or Cherry Tomatoes - use grape or cherry tomatoes for a little bit more tomato flavor.
- Apple Cider Vinegar- feel free to use apple cider vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. It won't change the taste very much.
- Spicy - add 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes to the spices for a little extra spice!
- Extra Vegetables - add one zucchini and one summer squash for some extra vegetables and flavor. Greens beans and more colored bell peppers would make a great addition too.
- Deluxe- top with avocado, Greek yogurt and feta cheese.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Turkish shepherd salad is best eaten fresh, but it will hold up for about 2 days. After 2 days the tomatoes will start to mush and the leaves will wilt.
We do not recommend to freezing this salad.
Use fresh ingredients. It might be tempting to use dry herbs, but the flavor is so much better when using fresh!Print