Turkish chopped salad or 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.

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Few things transport me directly back to Turkey like a Mezze dish. It's my favourite way to eat! Countless (I always lose count) small plates of food arrive in an seemingly endless train of waiters. Delicious dish after delicious dish. From simple vegetables to tiny mouthfuls of fish and meat. Let's of scooping, dipping and wrapping ensues until barely able to move I concede - I tap out! The waiters stop and I go 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) as it's known locally. It's a simple salad that originated in Turkey and Azerbaijan that features a few fresh ingredients combined with lemon juice, olive oil and salt. It's a humble salad that brightens any meal with its clean, crisp qualities. The flavours in this chopped Turkish salad pair with absolutely everything - fish, meat, poultry - you name it! It's my kind of salad - simple, crunchy and packed with flavour.

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, native to the region for regular bell peppers. I've found the authentic varieties in Supermarkets here, but when I can't I don't sweat it, and just mix up my peppers. For this recipe I did a half/half red and green 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, and it's a great little dish to have up your sleeve for a relaxed, 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

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