This Onion & Sumac Salad is like nothing else for transporting me back to Turkey. It reminds me so much of all the delicious lamb I ate over there. Lamb is king in Turkey and the sheer amount of ways it's served is a meat lover's dream.
We would often buy Cypriot Sheftalia for lunch, juicy and meaty sausages, cooked Turkish/Cypriot style, in caul fat, over hot coals, simply served in a pita style bread alongside this onion & sumac salad together with a tomato or banana pepper salad, with lashings of garlic yoghurt and chilli sauce.
This simple salad acts as an acidic and sour punch to counteract the meatiness of the sausages. The onion and lemon brings the acid along with sour from sumac; a delicious sour berry found all across Turkey and the Middle East. It has big flavours, so helps pack a delicious fresh note to any meat.
Who knew that a simple onion salad could be so full of flavour?! Next time you're grilling some lamb or chicken make sure you pair it with this delicious onion & sumac salad.
Serving suggestions and more authentic Turkish Recipes
This salad works so well as an accompaniment to many many Turkish dishes. Try it alongside one of my other Turkish recipes.