Herby cucumber salad with preserved lemon, bulgar wheat & pomegranate


This makes enough for four people when served with other sides- the quantity shown here is about 1/3 of the quantity made

A health-conscious salad; this one features a cheeky little bit of bulgar wheat. Like in tabbouleh, it’s there to add a little texture but the herbs and vegetables are more important. This bulgar is not the king of this salad- it’s the crunchy cucumbers and radishes smothered in herbs, sumac and lemon.

I visited a Turkish food store to buy ingredients for this salad and I’d advise you to do the same if you can! Ingredients like sumac, preserved lemons and pomegranate molasses are often cheaper and the bunches of herbs far more generous. You’ll to spend a bit of time removing the stems and stalks though! You’re also more likely to be able to pick up the little Turkish cucumbers which I prefer to the British variety. In addition, you’ll be able to find bulgar wheat in all grades. I like the coarse variety for this salad!

You will need:

2 small Turkish cucumbers, halved, deseeded and sliced
100g cooked and cooled coarse grain bulgar wheat
Arils of 1/2 a pomegranate
3 radishes, sliced finely
2 spring onions, sliced finely
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 preserved lemon, finely chopped
Large handful of parsley leaves, chopped very finely
Small handful of mint leaves, chopped very finely
1/2 tbspn sumac
2 tbspn extra Virgin olive oil
1 tbspn pomegranate molasses
Salt to taste


A very simple one. Just mix everything together and add a little salt to taste! That’s it!


7 thoughts on “Herby cucumber salad with preserved lemon, bulgar wheat & pomegranate

  1. This looks beautiful Becky! You probably know (without me saying!) that healthy salads with Middle Eastern/Ottolenghi-inspired ingredients are one of my very favourite things!! This looks beautiful. I’m inspired to give it a go tomorrow! xx

  2. What a wonderful salad. This would be a perfect salad for my Easter dinner today! I am going to bookmark and make this week. Not sure if I’ll be able to find pomegranate molasses…can you think of a substitution just in case?

    1. Thank you! Glad you like it. If you can’t get pomegranate molasses, I’d be tempted to reduce some balsamic vinegar and then stir in some lemon and honey, because it’s fruity sweet and tart all at once… A little like rhubarb! It’s worth finding if you can because it’s just amazing in all sorts of dressings and marinades, Middle Eastern or not!

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