Onion is one of number one ingredients in our cuisine. We use it almost in all our dishes. Also, plain onion itself could make a side dish too. We just cut it into four even without peeling and accompany it with the main dish. We remove the layers one by one to eat them, we may not use a fork for this, just take a layer and bite it when eating the main dish. Well, we eat onion quite often either plain or in salads.
There were two versions of onion salad on our table at Adana kebab restaurant. One of them was raw and rubbed with sumac, you can find the recipe here. Other one was another salad with roasted onion. As you see in the picture, onions are roughly cut, a mixture of a little sumac, paprika and salt was sprinkled on them, and a little extra virgin olive oil was drizzled over it. If you don’t like raw onion, you should try this one. Onion becomes sweet and with no bad smell when roasted. This makes a great side dish to serve with meat or chicken dishes.
They also serve a mixture of parsley and mint on a plate surrounded with radish slices. We squeezed lemon on them and we put small bunches of them in our mouth every now and then when enjoying all tasty foods on the table. This plate of herbs is another mezze to complete a meal just like salad, pickles or yogurt. Ending up your meal with these herbs is also suggested as they make your breath clean and fresh.