Engin Akin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gypsy Salad)

October 13, 2015
4 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Serves 6 as meze
Author Notes

This radish and herb salad, from Engin Akin's cookbook Essential Turkish Cuisine, has no fat of any kind—and involves no sacrifice, no straining to compensate. Adapted slightly from Essential Turkish Cuisine (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, October 2015). —Genius Recipes

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups (230 grams) diced or sliced red radishes
  • 1/2 cup (10 grams) chopped mint or tarragon
  • 3/4 cup (15 grams) chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste, diluted with 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 3 tablespoons crushed ice
  • Salt
  1. In a bowl, toss together the radishes, mint or tarragon, parsley, sumac, and garlic.
  2. Add the diluted tomato paste water, pomegranate molasses, and ice and toss. Season with salt to taste and serve immediately in a chilled bowl.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • lisaandfrancescook.com
  • BakersFancy
  • Sarah
  • MT
Genius Recipes

Recipe by: Genius Recipes

9 Reviews

Sarah July 20, 2021
I've had to temporarily avoid fat due to gallbladder issues so this recipe made my foodie tastebuds VERY happy! thank you!!
MT February 21, 2016
Typo: there is no "T" in Engin Akin's last name.
Sam M. January 28, 2016
I made this last night for a dinner party of 6. I had a "small plates" menu and placed this salad in the middle of the courses. I made it with tarragon after much debate! Didn't change one thing! It was VERY unusual for me to introduce an untried recipe-especially for a very discriminating group! But this facinated me, looked beautiful, and I included it to have something "fat free", gorgeous,and the ingredients........... fascinating! It was an absolute hit! Amazing, a keeper for always! Thank you!
lisaandfrancescook.com January 20, 2016
This sounds wonderful and will go perfectly with my Moroccan chicken with preserved lemons and olives! Can't wait to pick up the ingredients.
M November 13, 2015
Do you serve it before the ice chips have melted? Is it strange to be crunching through the ice while you're eating the salad?
Nita O. October 24, 2015
What part of Sumac? Dried, fresh picked? Seeds?
Vianna October 19, 2015
Where does one get "pomegranate molasses"?
BakersFancy October 19, 2015
You can find it in any stores that cater to middle eastern cuisine or order it online. Pomegranate Molasses is great in many other recipes. You'll find lots of ways to enjoy it's richly sweet-tart flavor!
mela May 25, 2016
It hasn't been in any of the stores to which I have had access but I've just noticed instructions for making it on Food52.