Soganli Domates Salatasi - Turkish tomato onion salad
We were reminded of this the other evening reminiscing of our travels through Yugoslavia nearly 40 years ago with a hitchhiker from Turkey that we'd picked up. He showed us how to make it while camping in Dubrovnik one night. We could only recall the two main ingredients and a large amount of salt used rubbing the sliced onions between our hands to remove the bite, then rinsing in water.
Google turned up the name and the following recipe, just wondering if anyone else is familiar with it and if there might be other variations or ingredients that could be added. Recall it being very tasty. Also found a pic on this site:
A couple of other recipes that I was able to translate looked more like what we call summer salad and made no mention of rubbing with salt, which was really the key to the whole thing.
Tomato and Onion Salad (Soganli Domates Salatasi
* 4 large ripe tomatoes; 1 large onion; and 2 teaspoons salt.
* For lemon dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil; 5 tablespoons lemon juice; salt and pepper; and 1/4 cup chopped parsley.
* You can also use vinegar dressing: its ingredients are 1/4 cup olive oil; 1/4 cup vinegar; 1/2 cup chopped parsley; and salt.
Wash, peel and seed tomatoes. Cut crosswise slices. Slice the onion finely. Sprinkle with salt, rub in, rinse and squeeze dry. Place tomatoes and onions into a bowl.
Mix olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper together. Pour dressing over tomatoes and onions, and toss. Garnish with parsley.
This salad can also be made in different variations such as with peeled and sliced cucumber or without tomatoes. For the latter, cut 2 large onions into very fine slices. Place in a bowl with salt. Knead. Wash with water several times, squeeze dry by hand. Spread on a salad
platter. Serve with vinegar dressing.