Last week I went for a quick day trip to Gaziantep. I had never heard of the city before moving to Turkey, but it is actually one of the wealthiest cities in Turkey. Located at the South East border, it was along the silk road once upon a time and since then has had a rich history of trade.
Today, Gaziantep is known for its food, kebab and baklava. It’s here that I first heard of sumac – a spice with a tangy taste often used in salads. You can find my chicken kebab recipe here and this salad here is a very fine accompaniment.
Turkish Chopped Salad
– 3-5 tomatoes, cut into small cubes
– 3 small cucumbers, peeled and cut into small cubes
– 1 red onion, cut into small cubes
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 1 small bunch fresh parsley
– 1 tbsp sumac
1. It couldn’t be easier! Mix all the chopped ingredients together, pour olive oil over, season with salt and pepper and sumac!
2. Some locals sprinkle dried chili over the salad before eating to give a bit more tang!