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Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)

  • Author: Chef Ayse Serra Yücel
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This recipe for Kisir hails from Hatay, a province famous for its fresh vegetables, olive oil, legumes, and cereals. Ideal as a light summery salad of sorts, Kisir is a healthy dish, loaded with veggies and herbs. Often considered an appetizer, it is traditionally served as part of a mezze platter during afternoon tea or at get-togethers.


Units Scale
  • 2 cups fine bulgar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2.5 cups of hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 white medium onion
  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper paste
  • 78 spring onions
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 1/2 bunch of dill
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 45 long green peppers
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, rinse and divide leaves


  1. Pour the 2.5 cups of hot water over the bulgar in a bowl, add salt, then stir, and seal tightly with cling wrap. Leave it to soak for 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare your ingredients in the meantime — Grate the white onion. Chop the tomatoes and green peppers into small pieces. Dice up the spring onions. Finely chop the parsley, dill, and any other herbs of your choosing. Juice the lemons.
  3. Now that the bulgar has soaked up the water, add the grated onion, red pepper flakes, cumin, and red pepper paste. Mix with your hands.
  4. Add the spring onion, parsley, dill, tomatoes, and green peppers. Mix with your hands for a few minutes.
  5. Add olive oil and lemon juice. Mix with hands.
  6. Scoop the kisir and serve on a lettuce cup.


Chef’s Note: In addition to parsley and dill, feel free to include ample amounts of fresh mint to this recipe. During the winter when tomatoes and green peppers are not in season, the salad is prepared with an extra amount of red pepper paste.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Turkish

Keywords: Turkish, Kisir, Bulgur Salad, Vegan

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