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Chopped tomato salad

Feb 4, 2016 | Recipes

We call this kaşık salata, which means spoon salad in Turkish. It’s more of a salsa than salad and it’s eaten with a spoon! The difference is that ingredients are chopped more coarsely in kaşık salata, and it has more texture and crunchiness than salsa.

Chopped tomato salad (kaşık salata) is one of my favorite recipes to make in my restaurants’ kitchens because it goes well with almost everything and in any season. This salad has the balance of all the contrasts of ingredients and flavors; the cucumber is crunchy but the tomato is smooth, the pepper is hot, the pomegranate syrup is sweet and sour, and above all, the fresh herbs are gloriously aromatic.


chopped salad adding herbs

You can serve this salad with any grilled fish from salmon filet to sardines, grilled octopus, any piece of grilled meat, especially lamb, rice, bulgur/couscous/quinoa pilaf, red lentil and bulgur köfte, or simply enjoy a bowl of it with a BIG spoon and a piece of warm crusty sourdough bread!

I also make varieties of this salad by adding different ingredients and playing with the chopping size of the vegetables. For a recipe this simple, all you need is a sharp knife! Allez chop chop 😉

chopped salad adding cucumber
chopped salad adding onions
chopped salad vinaigrette
chopped salad