With some dishes such as Lahmacun these sides can be as simple as fresh parsley and lemon. ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES FRESHNESS This salad is all about freshness, use the very freshest vegetables you can put your hands on. Add the lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, oregano, and sumac. Sprinkle ground sumac over for an extra zing and flavor. Chop the parsley and place in a medium bowl. Turkish white bean salad AKA Piyaz. This white bean salad, also called piyaz is a great side dish for many dishes. Mix the cucumbers, tomatoes, spring onions and the parsley in a bowl. Turkish cuisine includes many mezzes and side dishes that are absolutely fresh and delicious.

Whisk until blended, then slowly drizzle in the oil, stirring the whole time. Season with salt and pepper, taste, then adjust seasonings. LEFTOVERS Turkish Chopped Salad is best within an hour or so of mixing but stays quite fresh for a couple of days without turning soggy. Add the olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and mix well.