Turkish Chopped Salad

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By Published On: May 15th, 2020

Turkish chopped salad, Çoban Salatası, is a simple, crunchy and deliciously fresh salad. Ready in 10 minutes, eaten in 5. Learn just how simple it is to create here.

Turkish Chopped Salad

Few things transport me directly back to Turkey like a Mezze dish. It's my favourite way to eat! A seemingly endless train of mouthwatering dishes. From simple vegetable preparations to exquisite mouthfuls of fish and meat. Scooping, dipping and wrapping ensues, until I finally tap out! The waiters stop and I retreat for a lie down.

Çoban Salatası - Shepherds Salad

One such dish that, while not the most extravagant of creations, is always on the table is this Turkish chopped salad or Turkish Shepherd Salad (Çoban Salatasi). It's a simple salad of Turkish and Azerbaijani heritage featuring fresh, crunchy ingredients combined with lemon juice, olive oil and salt. It's humble but brightens any meal with its clean, crisp qualities. Çoban salatasi pairs with absolutely everything - fish, meat, poultry - you name it!

Turkish Chopped Salad

A variation on the classic

My recipe for Turkish chopped salad deviates a little from the original in that, I substitute the traditional long green peppers found in Turkey for regular green bell peppers. I often also add a little spice to this salad with some hot green chillies like hatch, cayenne or serrano. For this recipe I used a half red/half green bell pepper combo. Like most Turkish salad recipes, a little substitution make no difference - it's still delicious!

A creamy yoghurt topping

In Istanbul, I ate this salad from time to time topped with a very simple garlic yoghurt dressing. A light, creamy hit of light sour and garlic - a surprisingly amazing way of taking this dish to another level.

So, as salad dishes go, this chopped salad is not going to challenge anyone skill-wise, but it's a stress-free preparation for either a simple side, or as part of a larger Turkish inspired dinner table feast. If the latter is what you're after why don't you take a look at my Turkish Feast meal plan below. Hope you enjoy your salad!

A Turkish Dinner Meal Plan

This dinner plan will easily serve around 8-10 people - remember to include lots of flatbreads or crusty loaf or two. Turkish food is severely impaired if there's a lack of bread!

How to make my Turkish Chopped Salad

Turkish Chopped Salad

Turkish Chopped Salad

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Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 4
Calories (per serving) | 76

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For the Salad

  • 2 tomatoes (seeded & diced)
  • ½ cucumber (peeled, seeded & diced)
  • ¼ red onion (medium sized - diced)
  • ½ red pepper (seeded & diced)
  • green pepper (seeded & diced)
  • 2 tbsp parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)

For the Dressing

For the yoghurt topping

  • 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt (plain)
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)



For the Salad

  • Combine all the salad ingredients together in a bowl and fress with the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and salt & pepper.

For the yoghurt topping

  • Whisk together all the yoghurt topping ingredients until smooth

Finishing the salad

  • Decant the salad onto a platter into a bowl. Spoon over some of the yoghurt topping and, if using, sprinkle over some Aleppo pepper or sumac. Drizzle as generously as you're feeling with more extra virgin olive oil.


Nutrition Facts
Turkish Chopped Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 286mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1240IU25%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine | Turkish
Keyword | shepherd's salad, Turkish chopped salad
Turkish Chopped Salad

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