Hot Ezme Salad (Acılı Ezme Salatası)

Turkish Food Recipes | May 03 | 2013 | No Comment

Ezme is one of the most popular of all Turkish mezzes, and is found at almost all Turkish meals. It is a spicy and fresh accompaniment. Actually, this version is very spicy, so you could opt to tone it down a little depending on your taste – just cut down on the chillies or the red pepper flakes. It seems a lot of work for such a small side dish, but I guarantee you will enjoy this little beauty!


  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large green peppers/chillies (depending how hot you like it)
  • 1 handful of fresh mint
  • 2 handfuls of fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp of red pepper flakes (again, amount can vary depending on how hot you want to make it)
  • 1 tsp of sumac
  • Olive oil
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Salt


  1. Peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Dice very finely using a sharp knife.
  2. Peel and chop the onion very finely.
  3. Split the peppers/chillis lengthways, remove the seeds and chop finely.
  4. If needed, re-chop all ingredients again. This dish should be chopped very, very finely.
  5. Strain all the juices away and place the tomatoes, onion, and chillies together in a bowl.
  6. Add the spices and mix through.
  7. Finally, add the lemon juice and olive oil. Mix through and serve with a little extra parsley on top.

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