We have slightly altered this traditional Turkish dish, by using Rose Harissa Pesto to replace both the pepper and tomato paste. This adds a rich tomato flavour as well as heat which is balanced by the sweet and sour Pomegranate Molasses. This is salad is great to eat as part of a mezze or as an accompaniment to grilled meat or roasted vegetables.
200g fine or medium whole wheat bulgur
4 spring onions, finely chopped
200g cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
3 tbsp Rose Harissa Pesto
2 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses, plus a little to drizzle on top
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp Early Harvest Olive Oil
Handful mint leaves, finely chopped
Handful flat leaf parsley leave, finely chopped
50g toasted and chopped walnuts
Salt and pepper
Put the bulgur wheat in a heat proof bowl and cover by 1cm with boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes then test. If still hard, just cover again with boiling water and leave to absorb. It’s fine if the bulgur has a little bit of bite, as it will soften when it absorbs liquid from the other ingredients.
Use a fork to separate the bulgur then add the pesto, pomegranate molasses, spring onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir well to combine everything then taste and add more salt and pepper as you feel is necessary. The dish can be made in advance up until this point.
When ready to serve, stir through the mint, parsley and walnuts and serve.