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kisir turkish bulgur salad in a white bowl with parsley on the table
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5 from 8 votes

Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)

Kisir is a Turkish bulgur salad that is very easy to make and full of flavor. It has a zingy and slightly spicy taste and is perfect for anyone who loves a quick and healthy bulgur or couscous salad.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 269kcal


  • 1 ½ cup fine-grind bulgur wheat alternative: couscous
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 tablespoon red pepper paste alternative: tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tomato seeded and diced
  • ¼ cucumber diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups leafy greens e.g. spinach, arugula, romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup spring onion
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ½ cup lemon juice fresh
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Boil the water. Next, add the bulgur wheat to a bowl and add the boiling water. Cover the bowl with a dish cloth and let the bulgur sit to absorb the water.
  • In the meantime, prepare the vegetables by washing and chopping them. Juice the lemon.
  • The bulgur wheat should be cooked through by now. Fluff it with a fork. Then, add the red pepper paste, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to the bulgur wheat and mix until everything is well combined.
  • Now, add the vegetables, lemon juice and olive oil to the bulgur wheat. Mix everything, check if you need more salt and pepper or red pepper flakes and enjoy!


  • If you can't find fine-ground bulgur wheat, use couscous instead. Just make sure you don't use coarse-grind bulgur as it has a completely different texture and taste. Adjust the amount of water as stated in the package instructions.
  • Adjust the amount of lemon juice to your taste. Kisir usually is quite lemony, but feel free to use less!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1411IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg