This is definitely my dear husband’s favorite, actually it is mine as well. It is juicy and refreshening. Some Turks might think – what is to write or give recipe about the Shepherd Salad, but I found many things.
My mouth is watering right now. So first things first, I have to right this; I believe this salad goes best with a pilav. Next to it or on top of it. If you are not on a life-time diet you can even have it with a slice of fresh bread and dip it into the juice of this salad.
As in every salad pick fresh and healthy ingredients. When I first started shopping I had no idea about which type of cucumber to pick. Now I know that the ones with darker color are better. The cucumber should not be very fat – unless you like many seeds in it. Shapeless ones are less processed, so they will be better too. If you are buying from a market where you can choose, keep these in mind.
Often salads are prepared just before serving, this one can be or even should be prepared at least 15 minutes before serving. This will allow time for all the yummy juices of the salad to combine with the dressing, and make it more delicious.
Chop the tomato, cucumber and green peppers to similar size cubes to make them look prettier. This recipe is the classical one, however you are free about garnishing it with olives and/or cheese or play around with the dressing such as adding pomogranate sauce or adding more spices such as red pepper flakes or sumac.