I happened to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle this past week and barely even recognized it. I've been making a lot of salads lately — it's right in the thick of summer and there's nothing more refreshing than a crisp salad.

Much to the horror of my inner carnivore, I've spent the past week eating mostly vegetarian salads. And quite honestly, it has feeling more energized, lighter, and overall healthier. Especially when I'm dipping my fork into this flavorful salad.

The shepherd's salad is a staple in Greek and Turkish cuisine, where it's known as çoban salatasi.

Ripe tomatoes, juicy cucumbers, and crunchy green peppers are the shining stars of this vegetable ensemble. The dressing is light - olive oil and lemon juice — but not insignificant. Crumbled feta and olives are also necessary to compete this Mediterranean dish. I omitted olives because I'm not a fan (nope, not even in a martini), so feel free to cater to your palate. Top off with chopped parsley and I promise, you will not get enough!

This is a great salad to bring to a party or picnic because it's super easy to make for a crowd and the flavors are impressive. Or just make it for yourself. There are worse things to binge on.

classic shepherd's salad

serves 2-4, 15 min prep time


1 cucumber, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 green pepper (raw or roasted), diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt and pepper, to taste


Soak onions in a bowl with water for about 5 minutes to remove the harsh bite.

Place all diced vegetables in large salad bowl and pour in olive oil and lemon juice.

Add crumbled feta and onions and mix well so everything is saturated with dressing.

Top with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then garnish with parsley.

Mix all ingredients well before serving.