Similar to a tabbouleh, this refreshing grain dish from southeastern Turkey is flavored with lots of scallions and chopped fresh mint, and it has a pink hue from the tomato paste. It is most often served as a starter, either on its own or packed into balls and rolled up in a lettuce leaf.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips

Eveline Zoutendijk
May 2005


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl of hot water, soak the bulgur until softened, about 1 hour. Drain the bulgur well and press out as much water as possible.

  • Transfer the bulgur to a large bowl. Add the tomatoes, scallions, garlic, jalapeño, tomato paste, olive oil, mint, parsley and crushed red pepper; mix well. Season with salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Serve at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The bulgur salad can be refrigerated overnight.


The pomegranate vinegar that is typically used in this dish isn't widely available in this country so we used balsamic vinegar in its place.

Suggested Pairing

This tangy salad with tomatoes, scallions and fresh herbs suggests a palate-cleansing, light, lean Sauvignon Blanc with its own herbal bite, such as one from Tuscany.