Turkish Salad Gavurdagi

Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This "bright" and refreshing salad, from turkikshcookbook.com has all my favorite ingredients. We like to use Sesame Pita Crisps to scoop up the salad, although lavosh would work, too! Named after a mountain in southeast Anatolia. Sumac is available in Middle Eastern shops or online. It will make a huge difference if you use the freshest, best tomatoes and freshest parsley you can find.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Crush the onion with the salt and sumac.
  2. Toss all the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Arrange on a festive salad platter and garnish with the walnuts.
  4. Gavurdagi salad's flavor is enhanced if you put it aside for a few hours before you serve it.


Most Helpful

I could live on stuff like this! I just wish I would have homegrown tomatoes right now. The flavors and colors are outstanding. One tsp of sumac may seem like a lot, but the pomegranate syrup balances it. The toasted (I very lightly toasted mine) walnuts for garnish were a great touch. In the end I actually mixed them right into the salad. I made this in the morning to have later for lunch. I used mini flatbreads to scoop up this yummy mixture. Next time I must remember to double this! Thank you, cg!

*Parsley* January 03, 2012

Finally got my hands on some pomegranate syrup and sumac, so this was the perfect recipe to try them out. I thought the syrup would make this more sweet than it did, I probably added more like 2 tsp to get a little more of that flavour. Great combo, I really love this style of salad. Paired it with a stuffed portabello mushroom for lunch, and served the rest at a BBQ dinner party. Look forward to making this again soon.

magpie diner August 09, 2010

Very good Middle Eastern style salad. I used shallots for the onion, grape tomatoes chopped, flat leaf parsley, freshly squeezed lemon juice. I did not add the garnish and used way less cayenne pepper as to our preferences. I served it with Recipe #14739 which was a delicious meal. I will make this often!

UmmBinat February 13, 2010

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