Traditional Turkish Kisir Salad

By Didi Chapman - Healthy Recipes -


Kisir is one of my favourite dishes that I make all the time for my family and for friends. It’s a traditional Turkish dish made from fine bulgur wheat that I have been brought up on and in Turkey we like to make it for any occasion; be it at a party, BBQ or for a tea time treat.

Kisir is incredibly versatile and you can experiment with the herbs and flavours that you add to it. I personally love the tangy flavour that the gherkin and lemon bring to this dish but if you don’t like some of the ingredients that I have used, you can change it up and experiment with what you like, e.g  you could try adding chopped cucumber or mixed peppers.

As with most of my cooking I like to use my hands and for this dish it’s quite important as it really helps the bulgur to absorb all of the wonderful flavours. It’s a great recipe to make with children too as you literally just throw everything into a bowl and mix.


  • 300g bulgar (fine, crushed wheat)
  • 250ml of hot fresh vegetable stock (or 1 vegetable stock cube diluted in 250ml boiling water).
  • 2 tsp tomato puree (for a richer flavour try blending sundried tomatoes into a paste)
  • 1 tsp chilli paste (or use fresh chillies if you prefer)
  • 2 handfuls fresh parsley (finely chopped with stalks removed)
  • small handful of mint (roughly chopped)
  • 5 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 large tomatoes or a couple of handfuls of cherry tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups chopped pickled corhichos (little gherkins)
  • juice of 1 whole Lemon
  • 1 tsp Pomegranate Syrup
  • 2 or 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • good pinch of salt to season


  • Pour the hot stock over the bulgur into a large bowl, cover with a lid or tea towel and leave for around 15mins until the bulgur is soft. (add more boiling water if necessary)
  • Meanwhile you can use this time to chop all the other ingredients.
  • Once the bulgur is ready and is still warm, add the tomato puree and chilli paste and use your hands to mix thoroughly until all of the bulgur changes colour to a wonderful red.
  • Next add all the other ingredients and mix thoroughly with your hands.

Bulgar mix

  • Taste to check if you are happy and add more lemon, oil or salt etc if you feel you need to.

Didi Chapman is a mum of two young boys and she loves to cook simple, fresh and nourishing food with plenty of variety. With a few delicious ingredients her Turkish inspired meals are very quick, easy to make and can be so much fun to cook with children too.

To read more about Didi click here.

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