’Spoon Salad’ (Chopped Tomato, Walnut and Sumac Salad)

Gavurdağ

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  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Anatolia

By David Dale and Somer Sivrioglu

Published 2015

  • About

This salad is served with kebaps all over Turkey, and is designed to be eaten with a spoon. It’s just a finely chopped salad, with the tomato pieces no bigger than the pomegranate seeds, but you’ll see it on menus in Istanbul described as the famous ‘Gavurdağ’ salad (apparently named after a mountain in southeast Anatolia). My friend Musa points out in his scholarly journal Yemek ve Kültür (Food and Culture) that there’s a trend in Turkey for chefs to give obscure names to standard dishes in an attempt to suggest authentic regional origins. This could well be one of those.

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