KISIR (Turkish Bulgur Salad)


Difficulty – Level 1

Very easy to do. Even you did not cook before. Served cold.


Coarse Bulgur

1 Medium onion

6 scallions

2 tbs Pepper paste (Hot or Mild)

1 tbs Tomato paste

1 tbs Olive oil (Not mandatory)

1 cup canola or vegetable oil

½ lemon

6-7 Baby Dill Pickles (Not sweet)

1 Tomato

1 Romaine Lettuce

Black pepper

Red pepper flakes



You can find bulgur in Middle Eastern or Turkish stores. There are several different types of bulgur; you need to buy the coarsest one. I do believe Trader Joe’s, whole foods and Wal-Mart has it as well. Here are some links. First link is the one I use that I am buying from Turkish market.


For the pickles, I use Vlasic Kosher Dill Pickles or Mt.Olive Baby Kosher Dill Pickles. These two brands available in most of the stores and they are crunchy, salty, no sugar added and their formula is very close to Turkish taste. You can use any pickle you like.

I use Vidalia Chop Wizard for kisir and for a shepherd salad at home very often. I would recommend for you to have one, especially if you are willing to make kisir often.

Here is the link for low price one. They have similar quality.

You can also use small food chopper as I recommended before. Here is link to the one I use:


Boil two cups of water. Add on the 1 cup of bulgur in a cup has a lid. Make sure there is enough space in cup because bulgur will expand when it absorbs the water. 10 minutes in hot water with lid closed will be enough time for bulgur to be soft and ready to be prepared.

While bulgur is getting ready, chop onions finely in food chopper. It becomes almost juicy.

Use Chop Wizard or cutting board to chop scallions, dill pickles and tomatoes into small cubes.

When bulgur is ready, which means absorbed all the water and became soft, add oils and ½ lemon, tomatoes, pepper paste to it. Mix well.

I do mix with my hand. Do not have to be gentle. Squeeze and mix all the ingredients equally.

When bulgur turns orange color and everything mixed well, add the chopped onions, scallions and pickle mix into it. This time gently mix it with your hands either again or with a spoon.

Your kisir is ready to server. You can eat it by itself or as a salad with meals.


Best complimentary drink is ayran ( yogurt drink) or kefir. You can add more lemon over it and wrap it into lettuce leaves as you desire.


And the result;



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