Easy Shepherd Salad Recipe

(Last Updated On: October 3, 2020)

Shepherd Salad Recipe is an easy Turkish salad that is mix with cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, olive oil, and olives. It is a healthy and delicious vegetarian salad that can be served alone or with other meat or rice dishes.

A Shepherd Salad Recipe mix with feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber in a large bowl

Although this is a Turkish salad, it is commonly found and eaten in the Levant and Arab Countries. It is one of the most delicious and healthiest salad I tried in my life. Also, it is simple to make since no cooking is needed in this recipe.

In this post, I will be showing you the best and easiest Turkish shepherd salad recipe you can make at home.

Recipe Ingredients

There are several ingredients you need when making Shepherd Salad which is very easy and straightforward.

Firstly, I am using cucumbertomatoes, and red onion as my 3 main ingredients for my salad. 

Secondly, I am using both green olivesblack olives, and feta cheese since it gives a mild saltiness of my salad. That way, you don’t need to add any salt since you get its natural saltiness from the salad.

Lastly, I am using extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice (optional) as my salad dressing. It will help enhance the flavor of my salad. Also, it is nutritious, healthy, and high in antioxidants. 

Cooking Instruction

Making Turkish shepherd salad is an easy and quick step since no cooking is needed in this recipe.

Firstly, chop all the cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion into smaller pieces. Make sure you remove all the seeds from the tomatoes and cucumbers to prevent making the salad watery.

Later, chop the green & black olives and feta cheese into smaller pieces. You can optionally leave the olives as it is. Transfer all the vegetables and the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. Lastly, pour olive oil and lemon juice in the bowl and stir to mix using the spoon.

A Shepherd Salad Recipe mix with feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber in a large bowl

Serve it with any meat or rice dish, or you can eat it alone.

Recipe Faqs

I. Can I use other vegetables in this recipe?

Yes, you can add chopped parsley, lettuce or green bell pepper in this salad. They blend really well.

II. What can I serve this salad recipe with?

In my experience, I like to serve this salad recipe with my Middle Eastern meat rice dish. When you are eating Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food, salad is very important in a meal.

Here are delicious Middle Eastern rice dish that blends well with my shepherd salad recipe:
A. Chicken Majboos
B. Chicken Maqluba

III. What salad dressing works well in this recipe?

In this recipe, I am using extra virgin olive oil as my salad dressing since it is healthier, and it taste delicious.

In addition to that, I sometime use Lemon juice, Caesar salad or Yogurt garlic sauce as my salad dressing. In my experience, they blend well in this salad recipe, and it taste really good.

Related Vegetarian Recipe

If you are looking for vegetarian recipes, here are other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes you may like to try making at home.

Turkish Shepherd Salad Recipe

5 from 17 votes
Recipe by Saif Al Deen Odeh Course: SidesCuisine: Turkish, MediterraneanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Calories

125

kcal

A delicious and easy Turkish Shepherd Salad Recipe that is mix with cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, olive oil, and olives.

Ingredients

  • 1 Piece Large Cucumber

  • 3 Pieces Medium Tomatoes

  • ½ piece small red onion

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice (Optional)

  • ¼ cup black olives

  • ¼ cup green olives

  • ¼ cup feta cheese

Directions

  • Chop the cucumber, tomatoes and red onion. Remove the seeds from the cucumber and tomatoes to prevent having watering salad.
  • Cut the feta cheese, green & black olives into smaller pieces.
  • Transfer all the vegetables and the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Pour olive oil and lemon juice. Mix to combine using the spoon.

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10 Comments

  1. I love this recipe! It reminds me of the salad I get at my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant but with olives and lemon – yum!

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