Piyaz is the name of an appetizer or salad made of dried beans. In Turkey, it is generally served as a salad near grilled meatballs. They are one of the best couples. You can ask for piyaz in all meatball restaurants here. Besides, you can also have it as a main dish if you don’t feel like having a big lunch or dinner.
- 1 cup dried beans, soaked overnight
- 2 scallions
- 1 tomato
- 1 green pepper
- A few leaves of parsley
- 1 onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp vinegar
Drain the soaked beans and put them in a pot with some water. Boil it until soft.
Drain the beans and put them in a bowl. Then chop tomato, scallions, parsley and peppers in the same bowl. Thinly slice onion and rub it with sumac, add it into the bowl. Combine them well.
Squeeze 1/2 lemon into this mixture, add vinegar, salt and olive oil and mix them with a spoon. You can garnish it with some slices of turnip or tomato and lemon.
In some restaurants (especially the ones in Antalya), serve this salad with a little tahini sauce on them.
Some of them garnish it with some slices of boiled eggs seasoned with black and red pepper.
If you make meatballs or a meat dish, you should give this salad a try.