Taste of Turkey: Homemade Kisir


They say a way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and our Turkish friend Hulya chartered a non-stop flight to flavor town. Hulya, a long-time friend of our Director of Online Sales, was born in Adana, Turkey and moved to the U.S. in 2001 after meeting her now-husband who was on assignment in Turkey.

Hulya from Turkey


She showed us a really simple AND fresh dish perfect for summer called Kısır (kus-UHR’). This healthy grain salad is similar to tabbaloueh and is also made with bulgur as the base. Bulgur is a yummy and easy to make whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked. It’s also super affordable, using tons of fresh vegetables that can easily be found at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

Grab your sharpest knives and cutting board and let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of Cracked Wheat Bulgur (very fine ground)
  • 1 cup of hot water (boiled)
  • 1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, additional for garnish
  • 2 Large Cucumbers, additional for garnish
  • 1.5-2 Large Lemons
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1/2 a bunch of Green Onions
  • 1/2  a bunch of Italian Parsley, additional for garnish
  • 3 Jalapenos, optional
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper & Salt to taste


1. Cook the bulgur according to the directions on the packaging, each brand is different. Typically it is 1 cup of boiling hot water for 2 cups of bulgur. Add the bulgur into a large bowl and cover it completely with boiling water, about 1/4 in. Let sit for about 15 min.
PRO TIP: Place a lid or towel over the bowl to speed up the absorbtion of water.
2. While the bulgur is cooking, dice tomatoes, cucumbers, green bell pepper, jalapenos, green onions, and Italian parsley. Set aside.
3. Fluff the bulgur with your hands or with a fork. Thoroughly mix in the tomato paste so it completely covers the bulgur.
4. Generously drizzle in extra virgin olive oil.
5. Add all of the vegetables and herbs into the bulgur.
6. Squeeze 1.5 – 2 large lemons all over the bulgur and vegetables. Mix.
7. Dish out the Kisir into romaine leaf “boats”.
8. Add slices of tomato, cucumbers and Italian parsley for garnish.
While chopping and slicing and dicing for this delicious Kısır dish, we had employees from our home office following their noses into our kitchen. The smell of freshly sliced cucumber and lemon permeated the hallways and drew everyone in for a taste – and they were not disappointed!
Try out this tasty salad for your next summer party and let us know how it turns out! You can find these handmade plates from Turkey here.

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