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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.06 / 5 (110 votes)

Prep time:
30 min

Packed full of veg, bulgur wheat and nuts, Allegra McEvedy’s Turkish salad makes a tasty vegetarian lunch option


1. Put the kettle on and tip the bulgur wheat into a bowl. Measure out 200ml boiling water, stir in the tomato purée and pour over the bulgur wheat.

2. Cover the bowl and set aside for 20 minutes or so while you prepare the rest. Mix the garlic, both kinds of onion, parsley, mint, both kinds of nuts and chilli flakes in a large bowl.

3. Once the bulgur wheat is ready, stir into the bowl with the onions, nuts and herbs. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, salt and plenty of black pepper.

4. Taste and add more seasoning if you like.

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  • 150 g fine bulgur wheat
  • 2.5 tbsp tomato purée, or half tomato puree and half sundried tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • half white onions, chopped
  • handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • handful mint leaves, chopped
  • handful walnuts, roughly chopped
  • handful hazelnuts, raw, skin on and very roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 2 tomatoes, roughly diced
  • quarter of a cucumber, roughly diced
  • 3-4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 60 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp pomegranate molasses, or tamarind paste, both optional

Tips and suggestions

To chop the nuts, wrap in a tea towel and bash with a rolling pin until broken into smaller pieces

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Latest Comment


Have made this delicious salad twice now, and find it easier to make and tastier than previous similar salads. The addition of tomato puree to the bulgar wheat adds a nice flavour, and the nuts a good texture. I actually find Allegra's recipes all very tasty. Haven't tried it with pomegranate molasses yet but shall do in the future. There are never any left-overs!!

maryW88773 maryW88773  Posted 26 Jan 2013 2:01 PM

I watched the programme and I think Allegra's recipe is way better than my mum's! ( she is turkish :-))

alpella alpella  Posted 28 Sep 2012 11:08 PM

Lovely fresh salad will be making again and again, had to leave the nuts out as husband doesnt like nuts but threw a few pine nuts in to compensate. The recipe makes quite a lot would probably cut by half for 4 people.

Jandypandy Jandypandy  Posted 27 Sep 2012 5:36 PM