Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Famous Mediterranean Turkish Salad (Marullu Salata)



This salad is one of my favorite. When I used to live back home in Turkey, everyday in my home, we ate this type of salad with a meal. Almost every household in Turkey that is on the coast of the Mediterranean, serve this kind of salad not to mention in other parts of Turkey. This salad does not always require the exact ingredients; you can always add or remove certain vegetables. For example, you can always leave out the onions or the carrots and instead add red cabbage or/and red radishes. Having so many different vegetables and using olive oil and lemon in the salad makes it very healthy.

8-9 large leaves of romaine lettuce
2 baby cucumbers
1 large firm tomato
½ of small onion (optional)
2 carots
1/3 of a cup chopped parsley
2 tbsp of chopped mint
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
½ tsp of sumac
½ tsp of salt or more based on your taste

Chop the lettuce leaves. Cut the cucumbers into half and slice them. Slice the onions (you may substitute green onions instead) and the carrots. Mix all of the vegetables and add the chopped parsley and mint. Add the sumac, salt, and olive oil. Squeeze the lemon on top of the salad after adding the olive oil and salt. Toss and serve.

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