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Shepherd’s Salad

June 28, 2012

Shepherd's Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, and Feta

As soon as the weather gets warm, I start craving cool, summery salads.

This one is especially perfect for lazy summer evenings. It’s crunchy and refreshing, and you can scoop it up with a fresh slice of pita bread (or pita chips), or eat it with a spoon.

Shepherd's Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, and Feta

Not to be confused with the heavy meat-and-potatoes-laden British dish, Shepherd’s Pie (!), Shepherd’s Salad is a scrumptious Turkish-style vegetarian chopped salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions. This dish actually reminds me of visits to my grandparents, when we often make the 40-minute drive to their favorite Armenian restaurant in New Jersey, and always, always order this.

Shepherd's Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, and Feta

In my version of Shepherd’s Salad, the dressing is light and lemony, with a little zing of salt and sumac. I use mint and cilantro, since as I’ve said before I’m not a fan of parsley, but that would work, too.

Shepherd's Salad Ingredients

You can also add some richness of flavor, and make the dish more filling, by tossing in some crumbled feta cheese or olives. Especially if you’re having this, and only this, for dinner (which is really not a bad idea).

Shepherd's Salad Ingredients

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Shepherd’s Salad

(Serves 4-6 as a side dish)


~ 2 tomatoes, diced
~ 1 large cucumber (or 6 small Persian cucumbers), diced
~ ½ red onion, diced
~ 1-2 sprigs mint, finely chopped
~ 5-6 sprigs cilantro, finely chopped
~ 2 Tbsp. olive oil
~ 1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
~ 1 Tbsp. za’atar (a blend of thyme, sumac, sesame, and salt)
~ salt, white pepper, and cumin, to taste
~ pinch sesame seeds
~ several Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
~ ½ cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
~ handful of Greek olives

Shepherd's Salad Ingredients        Shepherd's Salad Ingredients

How to make it:

1. Finely dice the tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion; chop the fresh herbs.

2. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, za’atar, salt, white pepper, and cumin. Then drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix well to combine.

Shepherd's Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, and Feta

3. Optionally stir in some crumbled feta cheese, or first arrange the salad in a serving dish, then sprinkle sesame seeds and/or feta over the top. Serve as an accompaniment to other Middle Eastern dishes. (Best if eaten the same day it’s made.)

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Shepherd's Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, and Feta

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2012 9:08 am

    I could eat this for lunch all summer!

  2. June 28, 2012 11:21 am

    oh my gosh I’m in salad heaven!

    • June 28, 2012 1:50 pm

      Yep, this is pretty awesome as salads go… totally worth all the vegetable-chopping time.

  3. June 28, 2012 1:24 pm

    This is such a beautiful looking summer salad :D


  4. June 28, 2012 5:35 pm

    I love the name Shepherd salad. I can see that this salad can be used in a million ways. I have zatar and I am going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing this.

    • June 29, 2012 1:08 pm

      Yes, it’s really versatile! The salad can be a side dish, chip dip, bruschetta topping… I bet it’d be good in sandwiches, too.

  5. June 28, 2012 11:18 pm

    I love easy yet tasty colourful salads like this one! I also love, love zaatar!

    • June 29, 2012 1:10 pm

      Me too! I put zatar on everything. Just got into a more greenish type of cilantro zatar (with more dried green coriander and less red sumac, but then I add extra sumac, since I like how it tastes).

  6. June 29, 2012 12:45 pm

    Look delicious – and just what I am craving lately! Plus I have cukes lined up and waiting!

  7. June 29, 2012 1:01 pm

    Now that it’s heating up all I want is something light and zingy — looks perfect! Plus it’s pretty to boot

    • June 29, 2012 1:13 pm

      Thanks! I know; I basically only want to eat cold dishes like light salads and chilled noodles when it’s hot out.

  8. July 1, 2012 8:00 pm

    Love yummy salad that uses fresh ingredients! Looks so fresh and delish!

    • July 9, 2012 9:36 am

      Thanks! Yes, salads that use all fresh ingredients are the best.

  9. July 5, 2012 10:39 pm

    Such a colorful & refreshing salad for the summer! I will definitely try this recipe over the weekend!

  10. July 9, 2012 9:06 am

    I think this may very well be my favorite salad, though I’ve never heard it called “Shepherd’s Salad.” lol Cool, refreshing and delicious! :D

    • July 9, 2012 9:38 am

      I don’t speak Turkish, but (according to Wikipedia…) “Shepherd’s Salad” seems to be a literal translation from the Turkish name for the salad, Çoban Salatası or Choban salad.


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