This is a kind of salad like Turkish Kisir but it is served with ice cold water and ice cubes in hot summer days. I couldnt dare to add water because I know that I wont be able to eat it in this way. It is famous in Mersin which is southern city in Turkey close to my hometown Adana.


2 cups finely cracked bulgur
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp tahini
½ cup toasted peanuts
1 medium onion, finely copped
1 tbsp pepper paste
½ bunch finely chopped parsley
2 medium tomatoes, diced
2 green Italian peppers
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 lemon juice
4 tbsp olive oil
Cumin powder

Serve with
Lettuce leaves or boiled and marinated cabbage leaves

Stir bulgur, salt, pepper, cumin powder and pepper paste in a medium bowl. Pour 1 cup hot boiled water over 2 cups bulgur mixture and put a lid on it or cover with a plastic wrap. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine rest of the ingredients. Add bulgur and stir with a spoon. Serve with lettuce and/or cabbage leaves immediately.

Cacik ( creamy yogurt with cucumbers)Ingredients

1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
½ cup ice cold water
1 cucumber petite diced
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp dry mint
Fresh mint leaves

Whisk water and yogurt in a medium bowl. Stir diced cucumber, minced garlic, salt and dry mint in. Pour it into individual bowls to serve and decorate with fresh mint leaves.

 Haydari with feta cheese

½ cup crumbled feta cheese
1 cup sour cream
½ cup plain yogurt
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1 medium cucumber, grated
2 tbsp fresh dill weed
2 tbsp olive oil
Fresh mint leaves
Salt (if needed)

Mix feta cheese, yogurt and sour cream in a medium bowl. Add grated cucumber, garlic, fresh dill and olive oil. Stir it well and put some mint leaves and fresh dill on top as garnish.