A few weeks ago, we were invited to a dinner, where our friend, a fantastic cook, Yasemin of Yasemin’s Kitchen, spread an irresistible Turkish feast we absolutely fell in love with. Among the bright array of dishes Yasemin prepared, including eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes in olive oil (kirli kizartmasi), green salads, pilafs and boreks, one dish stood out for me with its very inviting magenta color. I suspected the beets to be the culprit and Yasemin confirmed it. It was Bulgur Salad with Beets and Apples.
I was intrigued. I tried it, then tried some more, and more, until I couldn’t stop and devoured most of it. I had never tried anything like that before. Tender grains of fine bulgur were mixed with grated raw beets and green apples, flavored with a copious amount of fresh herbs and just enough walnuts added for a subtle crunch. The beets were not overpowering at all, albeit being uncooked. They provided only a subtle sweetness that paired well with the tartness of the apples and pomegranate paste.