This delightful salad hails from the Gaziantep region, which also produces many other tasty and spicy Turkish meals, and is titled after the Gavur mountain, which is a part of the Tarsus highlands in Southeast Turkey. Southern Turkey is where gavurdagi salad, a wonderfully tangy salad, is usually prepared. The nutritious salad, also known as Gavurdagi Salatasi, is frequently offered at kebab shops as a side dish alongside barbecued meat or seafood. There are numerous Gavurdagi Salatasi variations, each influenced by local customs and handed down family recipes. The Turkish salad frequently includes cucumber, parsley, and sometimes even roasted eggplant.

Along with meat dishes, we will show you a salad that must be eaten with kebabs and whose juice makes dipping bread a very different kind of fun. This salad is unusual in that all of its components are finely chopped and masked by its fantastic dressing. With ripe tomatoes and crisp cucumbers, the flavor is doubled. Sumac and walnuts are essential not just with dishes that contain meat, but with all dishes. Here is a Gavurdagi salad recipe that enhances the dining experience with its delicacy and freshness.

What Is Gavurdagi Salad?

Gavurdagi Salad is a tomato salad that you can find almost anywhere in Turkey. With delectable Turkish pide bread, butter, and crumbly Turkish white cheese, gavurdagi salad is a staple of the meze spread at Turkish kebab establishments. At summer barbecues and potlucks, we adore preparing this simple, classic Turkish tomato and walnut salad.

Tourists frequently mistake Turkish gavurdagi salad for a dip when they first try it since many recipes call for the cooks to finely slice the veggies, giving the dish the consistency of a Mexican salsa. The sweet pomegranate syrup and summer-ripened tomatoes make for a highly reviving flavor combination that contrasts well with the nuttiness of toasty walnuts. Pomegranate production is mostly concentrated in the Mediterranean region, which explains why pomegranate syrup is often used in salads in southern Turkish cities.

Mama Fatma, which offers the most delicious dishes unique to Turkish cuisine, is the right place to try salads. You should definitely try the Gavurdagi Salad recipe in its most delicious form and with other Turkish dishes you want at Mama Fatma. When you call us before you come, we create a reservation for you.

Gavurdagi Salad
Gavurdagi Salad


  • Coarsely sliced 1/4 red onion or 1/4 white onion; salt to taste.
  • 1 teaspoon of sumac, ground
  • Peel, seed, and cut 2 medium tomatoes.
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped (not dry) parsley
  • Olive oil, extra virgin, 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses, sometimes referred to as pomegranate syrup.
  • two to three tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cayenne pepper teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup lightly roasted walnuts for the garnish

Our traditional Gavurdagi salad recipe is loaded with nutritious components. Tomatoes are high in a class of phytochemicals known as carotenoids, which may help reduce the likelihood of strokes and coronary artery disease as well as offer cancer prevention. Additionally, tomatoes are a good source of immune-supporting vitamin C. An inexpensive vegetable that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals is the onion. Regular onion consumption can improve intestinal health and lower the risk of heart disease. Vitamins A and C, which help to maintain healthy skin and a strong immune system, are abundant in peppers. Additionally, they offer advantageous carotenoid substances like beta-carotene, which has been demonstrated to lower the risk of certain malignancies. One of the finest fats is olive oil, which is a mainstay of the Mediterranean diet. It has a lot of healthy fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins E and K. Walnuts provide immune-suppressing copper, heart-healthy fats, and manganese, which support the health of your brain and nerves.

How To Make Gavurdagi Salad?

The fact that all the components are finely chopped is the salad’s main secret. Clean and wash all components. Break up shelled walnuts if you are using them. Make small cuts in the tomatoes. Cut the cucumbers you washed in lots of water into dice-sized pieces for backgammon. In keeping with the tomatoes and other components, finely chop the onion. Remove the seeds from the peppers you have sliced in half and cut them into little cubes. In a large salad bowl, combine all the ingredients after finely chopping the parsley. Sumac, olive oil, pomegranate syrup, and salt should be combined in a separate bowl before adding them to the salad bowl as the dressing.

Hot peppers that have been seeded and sliced into little cubes can be used in Gavurdagi salad if you like spicy food. Additionally, using ripe, juicy tomatoes also adds to the flavor. One of the key components that improve the flavor of salads is the addition of sauces. To obtain a balanced taste, the taste of the sauce is more crucial than the quality and availability of the ingredients. If you don’t enjoy spicy food, feel free to remove the dish completely or replace it with sweet bell peppers.

Gavurdagi Salad
Gavurdagi Salad

How To Serve Gavurdagi Salad?

Take the salad you have made and place it on a large serving platter with the dressing. Serve it right away to avoid it becoming watery after garnishing it with cracked, small-pieced walnuts. Good fortune. In Turkish restaurants, grilled meat meals like kebabs are frequently served with Turkish Gavurdagi salad. Since it’s customary for diners to eat their food with the juice in the bottom of the bowl, it’s frequently served with a piece of lavash bread. The prepared salad can be served on lettuce leaves. Depending on your preference, you can use more or less pomegranate syrup and olive oil. Pomegranate molasses is available online or in Turkish and other Middle Eastern markets.

How To Store Leftovers?

Raise the flavor of the salad by using ripe, juicy tomatoes and finely cutting all the ingredients. Additionally, you can use cucumbers and tomatoes without peeling them, add finely chopped spring onions to the mix, and adjust the amount of lemon juice in the salad dressing. The salad will taste better if the walnut kernel, one of the essential ingredients, is added right before the meal.

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