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

The Cucumbers

I like an excellent cucumber salad and aspect dish in the course of the summer time. It’s crisp, it’s refreshing, and it’s often simple sufficient to via collectively in a couple of minutes. This cucumber salad is true to all of that. I like holding the cucumber recent however I’ve observed fairly a couple of choices for grilling cucumbers as properly.

Need to change it up? Attempt utilizing recent tomatoes with or instead of the cucumber (suppose cherry tomatoes!)


I’m infamous for cooking just some too many grains to the place I solely have ¼ to ½ cup leftover (often from dinner the evening earlier than!) This salad makes use of the scraps of bulgur. Nonetheless, bulgur cooks rapidly so should you wanted to make it with the salad- it solely provides about 15 minutes.

Different grains that will work properly embody quinoa or millet. This is able to assist preserve 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. I’d even go as far to say search for a sheep or goat feta- I discover they steadiness the spice from the chili flakes properly whereas holding a distinguished taste.

Spicy Swap

I do know spice isn’t everybody’s recreation, 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 wouldn’t advocate simply leaving them out utterly.




1 massive cucumber

¼ cup cooked bulgur

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus further for topping

2 tablespoons basil, plus further for topping

Chili Oil

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon crushed pink pepper

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

Salt, to style


  • Lower the cucumber into bite-sized slices or cubes (doesn’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 it’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 prefer to often use Armenian cucumbers for one of these dish however any kind of cucumbers will work properly.

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