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Food For Belly Dancers: Basic Turkish Salad Recipe

Food lore

Salads are nutritious and filling—great for dieters and dancers. From the simple Turkish shepherd's salad, "Coban Salatasi", to a medley of veggies, maximize salad options from our basic recipe by spinning off gourmet creations of your own.

True to goodness salads rock when made with the freshest, naturally sweet ingredients—from your garden or windowsill planter or store-bought organic produce. Support local farmers and your economy, too. Shopping at farmers' markets invariably lifts up your spirits with the scent of fresh produce and happy people.

Handpick each garden-to-table item. Select firm veggies, not bruised, torn or overripe. Don’t be shy. Pick up and smell them. Breathe in deeply Mother Nature's fragrant aromas. Get only those that call to your nose and heart.

Break out of the old ho-hum by dining al fresco—if only by the window overlooking your garden in the winter (while recalling memories of abundance laced with flowers and greens) or enjoying every morsel of your salad on the patio when weather permits. Salud, to good food and memories nurturing body and spirit!



Makes 4 servings

In Turkey, a humble shepherd's salad is elevated to royal heights of gastronomy. Allow your imagination to spread across the spectrum of rainbow colors with veggies and fruits.


  • 2 heirloom tomatoes—they come in all shapes and hues at farmers' markets, chopped
  • 2 heirloom cucumbers, seeded & cubed
  • 1 medium red or vidalia onion, sliced 2 peppers, yellow and red, chopped
  • Fresh parsley and mint, chopped
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Mix veggies in a large bowl; cover and refrigerate for flavors to meld. Prepare the vinaigrette by whisking fresh lemon juice into olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Mix salad and vinaigrette. Let sit a half-hour before serving. Crumble on feta cheese if you like. Heavenly.

Variations: Use red, orange, yellow, green and purple veggies and fruits to capture Mother Nature’s nutrients across the rainbow.