Thursday, 5 May 2011

Turkish Potato Salad

This is one of those dishes I make and every time after eating it I wonder why I dont make it more often. Its filling,light and can be a main event by itself or   put on the side. This is also often served at the womens high teas along with cakes and pastries.

I love potato salad.  Either dripping with mayonaise or lightly tossed in olive oil, with or without egg and onion it dosnt matter I love it! I first had this in Istanbul at my neighbours home on one of her ladies days. I hadnt seen anything like it before and after the first bite was taken.

6 large potatoes
1 to 2 cups finely chopped lettuce
3 carrots, grated
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1 grated onion - you can omit
1/4 cup pickled cucumbers, diced
sumac,lemon juice or pomegrante syrup

Boil the potatoes until cooked but still firm.  You dont want these overcooked. Let them cool and peel the skins off. Grate potatoes and place into a large bowl. Add salt to taste and oil(about 3 tablespoons). Stir carefully as you dont want the potato to clump.  Add in all the chopped veggies and I usually add in sumac but you could use lemon juice or pomegrante syrup instead.  Stir through carefully.  Serve.

This looks really nice served in little unmoulded piles on a plate with chillies, radish wedges and boiled egg slices around it.

This is lovely with olive oil or a mixture of oil and mayonaise or oil and a couple tbsp yogurt.  I prefer plain olive oil.  

Turkish potato salad can also been seen as part of the meze dishes.
Turkish Potato Salad on Foodista


  1. I've never seen one like this before, the lettuce is certainly new!

  2. Im sure once you try it, it will be a favourite.