I thought that the best side dish as an accompaniment with authentic Turkish meatball (Akcaabat kofte) is bean salad. As I mentioned previously, meatballs are served in general with chips, fries, or grilled tomato, green pepper, eggplant, and mushroom as I mentioned in meatball recipe. However, In Turkey kofte is being served with bean salad. The classic dressing for Turkish salad is olive oil and lemon. However, for this salad you should add vinegar because it gives zingy taste.
- 1 can white beans (pre-cooked and drained)
- 6-7 finely sliced lettuce leaves
- 1 onion, sliced very finely
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 Tsp sumac
- Salt to taste
- black pepper
In a small bowl, knead onion, salt, and sumac with your hands so that the bitter juice of onion are released, then squeeze out the remaining onion juice. It is the Turkish way of treating onion. LOL!
Stir together the treated onion with lemon juice, vinegar, and black pepper.
Arrange the finely sliced lettuce leaves on a salad plate, than add beans, and lastly garnish with treated onion. Pour the olive oil on top.