Tomato and cucumber salad recipe (Çoban salatı)

Tomato and cucumber saladÇoban salatı, which translates as “shepherd’s salad”, is a classic Azerbaijani salad, found in many homes and restaurants over the summer.

The key to a good tomato and cucumber salad is to make it an hour before serving, so that the flavours can develop.

Preparation time: 20-25 min
Serves: 3-4


6 medium-sized tomatoes
5 cucumbers (Azerbaijani cucumbers resemble the shorter garden cucumbers and have more bite and flavour than the longer Dutch and English cucumbers)
2 green bell peppers
1 medium-sized onion, preferably a red onion
a few sprigs of coriander, dill and purple basil
vegetable oil (optional)
salt & pepper


Wash and dice the tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
Finely chop the onion and herbs.
Mix all the ingredients together. Add salt & pepper and leave to stand for up to 1 hour before serving.
Dress with 2 tablespoonfuls of vegetable oil before serving (optional).


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