Çoban Salata (Turkish Sheperd’s Salad)

The most popular of Turkish salads is Çoban salad (literally translated to shepherd’s salad). It’s a light and wonderful summer salad made with roughly chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and parsley, all served with olive oil, lemon, and salt – the dressing of choice for many Turkish salads.

Enjoy this traditional Turkish shepard’s salad recipe by Chef Feyza.


Çoban Salata (Turkish Shepherd’s Salad)

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A wonderful and light Turkish salad that's a perfect side for BBQ, fish or chicken.

Course SaladCuisine Turkish

Prep Time 15 minutes Total Time 15 minutes

Servings 3 servings

Author Feyza Kirmaci


  • 4 Campari tomatoes or 2 medium-sized tomatoes
  • ½ large onion
  • 2 sweet green chili peppers deseeded
  • 2 Persian cucumbers (or one English cucumber) half-peeled
  • ½ lemon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Dice the cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Place them all in a mixing bowl.
  • Squeeze the lemon over the salad, sprinkle salt, and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Toss everything together until well combined.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving plate and enjoy your delicious Çoban Salad. Afiyet Olsun!


  • Use ripe, seasonal tomatoes and crisp cucumbers for the freshest and most flavorful Çoban Salad.
  • Transfer the Çoban Salad to a serving plate or bowl just before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or mint for added color and freshness.
  • Çoban Salad is a traditional Turkish salad known for its simplicity and freshness. You can adjust all the ingredients according to your own taste. You can even decide the size, it does not need to be uniform.

Coban Salad
Coban Salad
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