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Kisir (Turkish Bulgur Salad)

Kisir salad on gray plate on a concrete table top

This recipe comes from Marina Arshavskly, a Nutritious Life Master Certified nutrition coach and a board-certified holistic health practitioner. Bulgur is made by parboiling, drying and cracking (or grinding) wheat berries. It is a whole grain that is high in both folate and fiber. And, because it’s parboiled, it’s also super quick and easy to cook. This kisir recipe is similar to Mediterranean tabbouleh, but adds tomato paste and some type of hot pepper component for a kick. In this case, the recipe calls for paprika or smoked paprika, but you can also use chili powder or even fresh, diced hot peppers of your liking. For a gluten-free version, you can substitute grains such as quinoa or gluten-free oats for the bulgur. (Image: Shutterstock)




Chewy bulgur is your base, but this recipe adds fresh vegetables and avocado oil, plus spices and fresh lemon juice for a tangy, crunchy component. Bulgur is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber while avocado oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids and carotenoids. This delicious and nutrient-dense salad will undoubtedly become a staple in your salad rotation, no matter the season.

Marina Arshavskly, a Nutritious Life Master Certified nutrition coach, regularly shares healthy eating tips and recipes on her website, The Leaders System, and on her Instagram account. She is also the author of the Healthy Weight Loss and Balanced Nutrition eBook.

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