Bulgur Cucumber Salad




1 large cucumber

¼ cup cooked bulgur

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus extra for topping

2 tablespoons basil, plus extra for topping

Chili Oil

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 teaspoons minced preserved lemon (or zest from ½ lemon)

Salt, to taste


  • Cut the cucumber into bite-sized slices or cubes (doesn’t really matter the shape- whatever you find appealing!) Place in a bowl with the bulgur, sesame seeds, and basil.
  • Heat a small skillet and add olive oil. Once it’s hot, turn off the heat and add the chili flakes. Let cool then stir in the lemon and a pinch of salt. Drizzle over the cucumber mixture and toss until combined. Taste and adjust the salt levels if needed.


+ I like to usually use Armenian cucumbers for this type of dish but any type of cucumbers will work well.

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