KISIR: TURKISH BULGUR SALAD


This popular Turkish salad has everything that makes your taste buds
delighted. It is crunchy, soft, tangy and savory. While enjoying every bit of
the mixed herbs and vegetables, you feel secure knowing they are all
nutritious and great for entertaining your vegetarian guests.
Servings: 4-6 Portions (4-6 Servings)
Ingredients
2 cups fine bulgur
2 cups of boiling water
1 medium very finely chopped onion
1 very finely chopped clove garlic
1 heaping tablespoon sweet red pepper paste
2 very finely chopped medium tomatoes
2 very finely chopped medium cucumbers
6 to 8 very finely chopped green onions
Handful of very finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
3 to 4 sprigs of very finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice or pomegranate sour
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
DIRECTIONS:
Place bulgur in a large bowl and soak with enough boiling enough to cover.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and wrap fully with a towel for fifteen
minutes to soften the bulgur.
Prepare the vegetables by mixing the garlic and onion with pepper paste, set
aside.
Place together in a separate bowl the tomato, green onions, cucumber, mint
and parsley.
After fifteen minutes, remove the towel and plastic from the bowl of softened
bulgur.
Fluff the bulgur up with your gloved fingers; drizzle with pomegranate sour
or lemon juice and oil over the bulgur. Toss to coat well.
Add the pepper paste mixture to the bulgur and then mix them until coated.
Add the very finely chopped herbs and vegetables to the mixture.
Keep tossing with your gloved fingers until all flavors are blended. Sprinkle
with black pepper and salt.
Now the kisir salad is ready to serve, or you can chill it for hours. Fluff up
with your fingers before serving.
Enjoy!
Nutritional Information: 331 calorie; 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat); 0 mg
cholesterol; 409 mg sodium; 50 g carbohydrate; 8 g dietary fiber; 8 g protein.

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