The other night, I went to a Turkish restaurant for dinner and ordered Shepherd's Salad, which is a perfect and refreshing salad for summer. But as I was eating it, I became sad because I knew at home there was a fresh cucumber I'd harvested from my own garden and tomatoes ripening on the vine. I could easily have made the salad at home! In fact, I have--and will, again and again. And you can, too, because it's so easy.
Now, a real Turkish restaurant will sprinkle this salad with "sumac." Let's just say the waitress/hostess/wife/co-owner was impressed that I knew what sumac was. But the truth is, sumac isn't a necessary ingredient for this salad to be delicious, and I'm not going to use it at home. As you may know, I like to keep things simple. And this is deliciously simple--especially when you can use things ripe and fresh from the garden.
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- ¼ cup feta cheese
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Add the chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, parsley, and mint to a bowl and sprinkle some salt on it, to taste.
- Mix the lemon juice and olive oil together and put on the mixture and toss.
- Sprinkle the feta cheese on top (or not, if you don't want it).
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