Shepherd Salad is an easy Turkish salad recipe 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.
Although this is a Turkish salad, it is commonly found and eaten in the Levant and Arab Countries. If you visit countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Syria or Iraq, they all have their variations of Middle Eastern Salad.
In Turkey, the locals called it as "coban salatasi" but in other countries we are mostly familiar with the term "shepherd salad." 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 salad Coban Salatasi recipe you can make at home.
There are several ingredients you need when making Coban Salatasi which is very easy and straightforward.
Firstly, I am using cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion as my 3 main ingredients for my salad.
Secondly, I am using both green olives, black 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.
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.
Serve it with any meat or rice dish, or you can eat it alone.
Variation: You can add chopped parsley, lettuce or green bell pepper in this salad.
What to serve this salad 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.
Recommended Salad Dressing to Use
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 dressing 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.
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Coban Salatasi (Turkish Shepherd Salad)
- 1 Piece Large Cucumber
- 3 Pieces Medium Tomatoes
- ½ piece small red onion
- 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoon lemon juice (Optional)
- ¼ cup black olives
- ¼ cup green olives
- ¼ cup feta cheese
- 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.