Cauliflower Salad - A Low Carb-Paleo Version of Turkish Kisir

Kisir is my all time favorite Turkish food, since my childhood till now! Almost every Turkish people have a nice memory of kisir and every region have their own style! The original one uses bulgur in the recipe and if you want that version, here is my recipe!

However, bulgur might be a bit tricky as it can give you some gas and bloating due to gluten content. Also, it is a carbohydrate which you might want to limit or avoid.

Plus sometimes you might want to try different versions of cauliflower, other then the almost too trendy cauliflower rice:)

Here is a delicious salad that you can enjoy with a touch of Turkish cuisine a unique combination of flavors of pepper paste, mint and onion!


- 1 medium size Cauliflower, grated to make it little pieces like bulgur or rice (makes about 2 cups)

- 2 medium onions

- 1 cup of finely chopped each: mint, parsley, green (fresh) onions

- 3 tablespoons dried and crushed mint

- 2 teaspoon dried and crushed red pepper (paprika flakes or red pepper powder)

- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

- 1 tablespoon red pepper paste (something you can find in Middle Eastern Sections of markets)

- 1 tablespoon cumin

- 4 tablespoons pomegranate molasses/sauce (condensed pure pomegranate juice without sugar but if you can not find, replace it with half lemon juice and half balsamic vinegar)

- Juice of 1/2 lemon

- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or more if you like more juicy and oily)


- Chop the onions very very fine (with a knife preferably although it is painful!)

- Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a pan and add the onions. Saute until they are soft, then add the pepper paste and stir a few more minutes. Turn off the heat.

- Add the grated cauliflower and then add all spices (mint, cumin, red-and-black peppers) and mix thoroughly. Pepper paste and spices should be evenly dispersed everywhere.

-( If you are better tolerating the cooked cauliflower rather then raw, then add them after grating to sauteed onions and stir about 5 minutes until they are tender but not too soft. Add the pepper paste and stir until it is mixed well and then add the spices)

- Add the finely chopped greens and mix well gently.

- Finally add olive oil-lemon-pomegranate molasses. Mix well and add a little more of the spices or sauce according to your taste.

I love it with lots of cumin, very sour and medium spicy.

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