Bulgur Is At Its Best In Turkish ‘Kisir’ Salad

By Elizabeth Taviloglu
Published: Dec 21, 2013 03:34 AM GMT / 
Updated: Dec 21, 2013 03:34 AM GMT

Are you looking for great, healthy recipes that call for bulgur? Then this recipe for cold Turkish bulgur and vegetable salad called ‘kisir’ (kus-UHR’) is just what you’ve been waiting for.

‘Kisir’ is a classic Turkish salad that’s served most often at lunchtime and teatime. It’s made with fine bulgur, or cracked wheat, mixed with an array of chopped vegetables, onions, garlic and fresh herbs.

First, the bulgur is steamed, then its mixed with sweet red pepper paste to give it a bright orange color. Once the other fresh ingredients are mixed in, the salad is seasoned with lemon juice or pomengranite sour.

The result is a fresh, colorful and nutritious dish to serve as a salad or starter. It goes very well with grilled meats.

‘Kısır’ is perfect for entertaining as it’s very easy and inexpensive to make, and you can prepare it way beforehand and store it in the refrigerator. In fact, the longer the ‘kisir’ sits, the more delicious it becomes.

Try expirementing with different mixes of veggies and herbs. You can get really creative here. I like adding nuts, pickles and even beets to the mixture.

Red pepper paste is one of the key ingredients that gives ‘kisir’ salad its distinctive taste and color. You can find it in most Middle Eastern, Greek or Turkish markets and on the internet.

Another way is to finely grate some sweet red peppers, then drain out the extra juice. Go ahead and try this easy recipe for Turkish ‘kisir’ salad and add some healthy Turkish flare to your next meal.

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