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Shepherd's Salad (Turkish Chopped Salad)

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This easy Turkish chopped salad is called Shepherds Salad (Çoban Salatası or Choban Salad). It's made with fresh vegetables, herbs, and can be topped with feta.

It's called "salad of the people" because it's made with common, seasonal ingredients like tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper.

This type of salad is very common throughout the Mediterranean, it's served not only in Turkey but in Greece and in the Levant countries as well (it's called Salad Baladi or Middle Eastern chopped salad there).

Turkish shepherds salad on a plate with kalamata olives and pita bread.

Why You'll Love This Fresh Chopped Salad

This is a great, easy side salad you can make to serve alongside grilled meat or kebabs, pasta, or to take along to a picnic.

You can eat it on its own for a light lunch if you serve it with some olives and pita bread.

This salad also saves well in the refrigerator for a few days. So it's easy to make ahead.

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Ingredients You'll Need

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 English cucumber or 4 Persian cucumbers, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

This is optional, but you can serve this with 4 ounces crumbled feta for a topping or side, pita bread, kalamata olives.

Chopped cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, shallots, and spices in a large metal mixing bowl.
An overhead shot of a chopped Turkish salad in a white serving bowl.

More Great Mediterranean Salad Recipes

If you love these fresh flavors, be sure to check out our other fantastic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern salads.

An overhead shot of a bowl of Turkish chopped salad topped with crumbled feta cheese.

Tips for Making this Recipe

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Specialty Ingredients - This recipe calls for both sumac (which I consider essential in this recipe. It has a delicious citrusy bite!) and Aleppo pepper (this is great but you could substitute for red pepper flakes if necessary). If you'd like to buy either of these, I recommend getting them from The Spice House (Spice House sumac and Spice House Aleppo pepper).

Storing Tips - You can save this recipe for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Shepherd's Salad (Turkish Chopped Salad)

An overhead shot of a chopped Turkish salad in a white serving bowl.

This delicious and easy chopped salad is full of fresh seasonal vegetables.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 English cucumber or 4 Persian cucumbers, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • optional to serve - 4 ounces crumbled feta for a topping or side, pita bread, kalamata olives

Instructions

  1. Combine the diced tomatoes, diced cucumbers, diced bell pepper, sliced shallot, chopped parsley, and chopped mint in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. Top with the sumac, Aleppo pepper, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Optional - Top with half the feta, if using. Serve alongside some crumbled feta, kalamata olives, and slices of pita bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 929mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 10gProtein: 9g

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