A traditional Turkish salad, Kisir is packed with flavours. Pomegranate molasses, a rich, tangy, syrup made from concentrated pomegranate juice, is a good source of B vitamins, and forms the basis of the tasty dressing used to make this delightfully tasty and nutritious salad. Walnuts add their rich, earthy flavour and are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids and a great source of antioxidants.

Serves 4


250g bulgur wheat
25g walnut pieces
½ small cucumber
3 large tomatoes – or you could use baby plum tomatoes
1 red onion
6 spring onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1 ½ tbsp pomegranate molasses – if you don’t have this, boil pomegranate juice until reduced until a thick syrup, and cool
1 ½ tbsp tomato puree – not only great for its rich flavour, it is a good source of vitamins B, A, C and E
1 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
½ tsp sea salt

Generous handful each of fresh flat leaf parsley and fresh mint


  • Fry the thinly sliced red onion with the crushed garlic and finely sliced, deseeded chilli, for a couple of minutes
  • Stir in the tomato puree, 175ml of boiling water, cover and leave to stand until the water has been absorbed, about 15 – 20 minutes. Stir well
  • Deseed and chop the cucumber and tomatoes, mix with the sliced spring onions, walnut pieces and pomegranate seeds
  • Make the dressing by mixing the pomegranate molasses with the lemon juice and sprinkling of sea salt
  • Mix the cooled bulgur wheat with the cucumber and tomato mixture, toss with the chopped herbs and dressing
  • Leave to stand for 30 minutes to let the flavours mingle, then serve and enjoy

This makes a lovely centre piece for summer supper, its vibrant colours and flavours are delicious and don’t need anything else.. but is lovely with a bowl of fresh crisp lettuce leaves. It keeps well in the fridge and is perfect for lunch the next day, if there is any left! If you don’t have walnut pieces, try chopped or flaked almonds. You could also add some chopped red pepper if you have it and fresh coriander instead or – or as well as – the parsley. Enjoy the freshness of the herbs!

2020 © Boutros Bear

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