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Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

We had a delicious Turkish cookery class at the Divertimenti Cookery School in London on Jan. 29th with enthusiastic participants. This vibrant and easy Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes and parsley, flavored with sumac was a big hit from the class. It is a traditional salad at home, especially popular alongside Turkish meatballs, Kofte, as well as Lahmacun, Turkish thin pizza with minced meat and vegetables topping. I love the tangy sumac with the red onions in this salad, gives a refreshing, zingy flavor, so delicious.

Rolling Piyaz Salad inside Lahmacun, delicious

Rolling Piyaz Salad inside Lahmacun, delicious

We also made Lahmacun, thin Turkish pizza with minced/ground meat topping at our Turkish cookery class – another big hit! – We then placed some Piyaz Salad in the middle of Lahmacun and rolled to eat, as we do it traditionally at home. Such a wonderful combination. Here’s my Lahmacun recipe, if you like to make it at home.

Wonderful participants of my Jan. 29th Turkish Cookery Class at Divertimenti Cookery School, London.

Wonderful participants of my Jan. 29th Turkish Cookery Class at Divertimenti Cookery School, London.

I am passionate about healthy, delicious Turkish cuisine; this recipe and over 90 healthy, authentic Turkish recipes are included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. Signed copies are now 20 %  this link and delivered worldwide including USA, if you like to get a signed copy.

Ozlem’s Turkish Table; Recipes from My Homeland – can be purchased at this link (signed copies!)

I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious, healthy Piyaz Salad, Afiyet Olsun,


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Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac
This vibrant and healthy Piyaz Salad gets ready in no time and it is so delicious. Red onions and tomatoes work very well with the tangy sumac; we tradionally enjoy this salad with Lahmacun, Turkish thin pizza with minced/ground meat topping, as well as Turkish meatballs. It is also a lovely salad served with cheese, olives and hummus.
Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
  • 3 medium tomatoes, quartered and roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 15ml/1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ml/2 teaspoon ground sumac
  • ½ teaspoon paprika flakes – optional –
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Rub and work sumac and the salt into the onion slices with your hands really well (this will soften the onions and help spices infuse in well).
  2. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, parsley and paprika flakes, combine well.
  3. Wisk together the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and pour over the piyaz salad. Season with more salt (if needed) and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Serve Piyaz Salad with feta cheese, olives and/or hummus for a delicious spread. Piyaz Salad is also the ultimate accompaniment of Lahmacun and Turkish meatballs, kofte.


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24 Responses to Piyaz Salad with red onions, tomatoes, parsley and sumac

  1. Holz February 7, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    A very tasty and delicious salad. I thought that Piyaz salad is prepared with beans. I don’t speak Turkish so what means ” Piyaz” in English ?

    • Ozlem Warren February 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

      Merhaba, thank you for your note – Piyaz actually means “onion” in Persian and we must have taken during the Ottomans most probably, it is the common name of the onion salad at home. Fasulye Piyazi is the one with beans, onions, parsley, love it, a meal itself – hope this helps.

    • Farooq April 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

      PIYAZ, is ONION in English.

      • Claire March 4, 2021 at 4:46 pm #

        Love this thank you x

        • Ozlem Warren March 5, 2021 at 10:45 am #

          So glad you enjoy this delicious salad, afiyet olsun, Ozlem

      • Grym May 1, 2024 at 10:08 am #

        Turkish and Greek food are clearly underrated! Great recipe. Peace to everyone!

  2. seniordogsabroad February 8, 2017 at 6:41 am #


    O yum! Very delicious sounding spread. They always serve a salad type side with lahmacun but it’s usually completely dry – just a few lettuce leaves, white onion slices and pieces of unripe tomatoes. Your salad sounds much, much tastier. Also, thanks for the explanation for ‘piyaz’ which was an immediate question that came to my mind. No wonder your classes are a roaring success – Maşallah! xoxo J

    • Ozlem Warren February 9, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

      Merhaba Jolee’cigim, what a kind note, thank you so much : ) My version of piyaz salad is the way we do in our home, and I agree, with juicy tomatoes in the season it tastes sensational and sumac really transforms the taste too. Do look forward to seeing you in March in Istanbul and hopefully maybe a cookery class too – many many thanks for your kind words, your support means really a lot. Cok Sevgiler, Ozlem xxx

    • SELINA AKINCI November 18, 2020 at 10:51 am #

      Hi. I would like to buy your book but I live in Turkey. Do you have a Turkish distributor?

      • Ozlem Warren November 18, 2020 at 4:50 pm #

        Merhaba Selina, many thanks for your kind interest for my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table. Zen Seramik in Galata – Istanbul, and Fethiye Times in Fethiye has copies of my book, I just emailed you too. I hope you enjoy it, Afiyet Olsun, Ozlem

  3. BacktoBodrum February 12, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    Lucky folk – wish I’d been in your class. Were your ears burning today ? – I was recommending your site to professional cooks.

    • Ozlem Warren February 12, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

      Merhaba dear Back to Bodrum, very kind of you – how I wished to have you too, and I am sure lots to learn from you too as you are an amazing cook : ) Thank you very much for recommending my site, indeed my ears were burning!:) Cok Sevgilerimle, Ozlem xx

  4. Lucy Burany March 7, 2017 at 5:15 am #

    Hi Ozlem
    I want to thank you for your recipes ,I am now learning how to cook Turkish food your recipes are perfect ingredients in each meal,I love your desserts also.My family are proud of me for making these tasty meals.,they always wonder what I will make next,I am so happy to find your website and I wish you health and happiness.
    I am making this Piaz salad next time and Kofte to go with it.

    • Ozlem Warren March 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

      Merhaba dear Lucy, what a kind note, thank you so much : ) I am delighted to hear you and family enjoying the recipes, well done you! Afiyet olsun and my best wishes, Ozlem

  5. nee July 31, 2018 at 1:48 am #

    piyaz means beans. no beans in your recipe. Eggs?

  6. William January 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi ozlem ,I am a new subscriber and I love Turkish food ,I’m looking forward to making your salads ,I would love to make kofte kebab do you have a recipe,I live in Ireland and would love to start making Turkish food,my names William

  7. Leema August 2, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

    I love Turkish food and I tried your recipe (after ordering the bean salad from a Turkish restaurant near me), and it was just as excellent as the restaurant offering, perhaps even better knowing that I made it myself.
    Now that I have found this site, i will be trying out other dishes.
    thank you~LT

    • Ozlem Warren August 9, 2020 at 12:27 pm #

      Merhaba dear Leema, many thanks for your kind note – so glad you enjoyed this bean salad, one of my favourites too. It is lovely to make at home, so delighted you enjoyed it.

      Just to let you know, I also have a cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, with over 90 authentic recipes, stunning photos and personal stories, signed copies are at this link and delivered worldwide if interested:

      Afiyet Olsun, Ozlem

  8. Glen August 29, 2020 at 3:05 am #

    Ey up, Ozlem, looks wonderful! I’m planning to try my hand at baking lahmacun to your recipe and want to make this piyaz to accompany them, but I can’t get my hands on sumac at the moment. Any suggestions for an appropriate substitute? Without having tried the salad, I would think the sumac is a pretty important flavour component so I don’t want to just drop it straight out of the recipe.


    • Ozlem Warren August 29, 2020 at 4:26 pm #

      Merhaba Glen, many thanks for your kind note – sumac is a delicious, tangy, citrusy spice, goes so well rubbed in red onion slices and in salads – if you can’t find it, I would use fresh lemon juice for a delicious zing in piyaz. Do hope you enjoy making lahmacun! Afiyet Olsun, ozlem


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