As a food-producing country, Turkey wants for nothing; it’s one of the few nations in the world that grows more than it needs to feed itself. In Turkey, eating according to the seasons and buying locally is commonplace.

The typical Turkish diet relies heavily on a variety of vegetables and these are prepared in such a way as to leave them tasting deeply and unforgettably of little but themselves.

Try this pear, feta, watercress and hazelnut salad as a first course at your next holiday or special occasion meal.