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.
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.
This delicious Piyaz salad along with 90 other authentic, healthy, delicious Turkish recipes are included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. Signed copies of my cookery book can be purchased at this link.
I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious, healthy Piyaz Salad, Afiyet Olsun,
- 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
- 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).
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes, parsley and paprika flakes, combine well.
- 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.
- 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.