If you've ever wanted to try cooking on a Sunday and then eating that food for the rest of the week, this is definitely the dish to try it with. Kısır is a very easy salad that requires NO cooking- just a lot of chopping of vegetables- and the best part is that it tastes even better after 1 or 2 days in your refrigerator! It is the ideal salad to make in a large batch and eat for lunch throughout the week.
A few ways you can eat kısır:
- In a bowl, as a complete meal.
- Wrapped in lettuce leaves.
- As a side salad to soup, a sandwich, anything!
- With yogurt on top of it.
- With toasted whole wheat pita.
This particular recipe is inspired by my friend Merve who lives in Ankara. While visiting her, she taught me some of her tips for making the best kısır. It's amazing some of the small things you can learn from someone who has made a dish a million times, that make a huge difference in the final product.
My kısır recipe has a higher ratio of vegetables to bulgur than the traditional version. If you're looking to sneak more vegetables into your diet, this salad is perfect because adding more vegetables really does not change the taste of the final product, but really improves the nutritional value.
Makes one large bowl ~ 5-6 servings
1½ cups fine bulgur (290 grams)
1 teaspoon salt (5-6 grams)
2 tablespoons tomato paste (32 grams)
3 tablespoons red pepper paste (48 grams)
1½ cups boiling water (360 ml)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (30 grams)
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (40 grams)
1 long English cucumber, peeled and diced
3 medium tomatoes, diced
2 carrots, grated
1 green bell pepper, diced
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
4 tablespoons lemon juice (~juice of one lemon)
- In a large bowl, combine bulgur, salt, tomato paste and red pepper paste. Add boiling water and mix well. Allow mixture to sit for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on grain coarseness, until bulgur has absorbed the liquid.
- Fluff with a fork, then mix in olive oil and pomegranate molasses.
- Gently fold in cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, bell pepper, dill, mint and lemon juice. Serves 8.
- Make red pepper paste in a food processor by pulverizing roasted red peppers.
- If pomegranate molasses cannot be found, substitute a mixture of 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.
Serving size: 8 ounces
Calories: 146; Total fat: 4g; Saturated fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 281mg; Carbohydrates: 26g; Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 4g; Potassium: 402mg; Phosphorus: 103mg
Tips & Additional Information:
Some people put lots of parsley in kısır- you can experiment to find the herbs you like best!
You can easily experiment with the vegetables and seasoning to fit your taste and what is available in your kitchen- don't worry about not having the exact amounts of everything.
Try adding a little bit of finely chopped onion