Sürk salad

Sürk salad

Sürk salatası

By
From
Istanbul
Serves
4
Photographer
Steven Joyce

Sürk is a spicy cheese made around Antakya in southern Turkey. I had this salad, in which the cheese is crumbled and whisked into a dressing, in a little restaurant called Babel in Cihangir, which specialises in food from Antakya. Because sürk is very hard to find in the UK, I use feta and add a little fresh chopped chilli. If you’re lucky enough to find some sürk, omit the chilli.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 cucumber
1 spring onion, finely sliced
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 large bunch parsley
60g feta
3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Method

  1. Chop the cucumber into quarters, lengthways, then into 5 mm slices and place in a salad bowl. Add the spring onion, tomatoes and chilli. Remove the parsley leaves from the stalks, discard the stalks (use to flavour stock or soup) and roughly chop the leaves. Add to the bowl.
  2. Using your fingers, crumble the feta as finely as possible. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil to the cheese and whisk together with a fork. Pour about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Add more dressing to taste, adding the extra oil if necessary: the salad should not be too oily. Serve immediately.
Tags:
Istanbul
Turkey
Turkish
Rebecca
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