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This salad is what occurs when you could have only a small little bit of grains leftover from dinner the night time earlier than. Cool, crisp cucumbers are paired with bulgur and a straightforward chili-oil. Simply multiply this recipe to feed extra. I find it irresistible served with some corn fritters and hummus.

The Cucumbers

I really like cucumber salad and aspect dish through the summer season. Itโ€™s crisp, itโ€™s refreshing, and itโ€™s normally simple sufficient to via collectively in a couple of minutes. This cucumber salad is true to all of that. I really like protecting the cucumber contemporary however Iโ€™ve seen fairly just a few choices for grilling cucumbers as properly.

Wish to swap it up? Attempt utilizing contemporary tomatoes with or rather than the cucumber (suppose cherry tomatoes!)


Iโ€™m infamous for cooking only a few too many grains to the place I solely have ยผ to ยฝ cup leftover (normally from dinner the night time earlier than!) This salad makes use of the scraps of bulgur. Nevertheless, bulgur cooks rapidly so should you wanted to make it with the salad- it solely provides about 15 minutes.

Different grains that may work properly embrace quinoa or millet. This might assist hold the general dish gluten-free too!

Add some cheese

I left it out however this salad can be pleasant with a salty cheese like feta. Iโ€™d even go as far to say search for a sheep or goat feta- I discover they stability the spice from the chili flakes properly whereas protecting a outstanding taste.

Spicy Swap

I do know spice isnโ€™t everybodyโ€™s sport, so swap out the chili flakes for a little bit of floor smoked paprika (about half of teaspoon). I really feel just like the chili flakes actually carry every thing collectively so I wouldnโ€™t advocate simply leaving them out fully.




1 massive cucumber

ยผ cup cooked bulgur

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus additional for topping

2 tablespoons basil, plus additional for topping

Chili Oil

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon crushed purple pepper

2 teaspoons minced preserved lemon (or zest from ยฝ lemon)

Salt, to style


  • Minimize the cucumber into bite-sized slices or cubes (doesnโ€™t actually matter the shape- no matter you discover interesting!) Place in a bowl with the bulgur, sesame seeds, and basil.
  • Warmth a small skillet and add olive oil. As soon as itโ€™s sizzling, flip off the warmth and add the chili flakes. Let cool then stir within the lemon and a pinch of salt. Drizzle over the cucumber combination and toss till mixed. Style and modify the salt ranges if wanted.


+ I wish to normally use Armenian cucumbers for such a dish however any sort of cucumbers will work properly.

Overhead photo of a tan bowl on marble background with a cucumber salad.