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
  • salt
  • sumac
  • 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.


  1. says

    Daily Spud – It’s so common here to put some slices of turnip, beetrot or radish near the salad.

    Natasha – These are turnips, but it’s also possible to do the same with radishes. I think this will be a great snack between meals.

    Tamanna – how interesting! In fact, piyaz also contains chopped onions, but this time I just used scallions.

  2. says

    There’s a Turkish restaurant near my old office that serves this as a kind of free appetizer at dinner time. I’ve always wondered what it was called. We never ordered it, it just appeared. Since some of my friends used to go there just to get that appetizer, they’ll be so happy to see this recipe! Thanks for posting it.

  3. says

    Very easy to make salad. I like the simplicity of the dressing.
    Just my type of salad. Thanks for posting it.

  4. says

    That look easy enough for me to try. Would definitely add the slices of boiled eggs on top though. Finally something I think I can make in the kitchen. Al right I know it is only a salad but it is a posh salad! LOl


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