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Tomato and cucumber salad – Çoban salatı

Çoban salatı - Tomato and cucumber salad
Çoban salatı, which translates as “shepherd’s salad”, is a classic Azerbaijani salad, found in many homes and restaurants over the summer.

The key to a good tomato and cucumber salad is to make it an hour before serving, so that the flavours can develop.

Preparation time: 20-25 min
Serves: 3-4


  • 6 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 5 cucumbers (Azerbaijani cucumbers resemble the shorter garden cucumbers and have more bite and flavour than the longer Dutch and English cucumbers)
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 medium-sized onion, preferably a red onion
  • a few sprigs of coriander, dill and purple basil
  • vegetable oil (optional)
  • salt & pepper


  • Wash and dice the tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
  • Finely chop the onion and herbs.
  • Mix all the ingredients together. Add salt & pepper and leave to stand for up to 1 hour before serving.
  • Dress with 2 tablespoonfuls of vegetable oil before serving (optional).

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