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Quinoa Kisir Salad Recipe

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 4 cups cooked quinoa, that’s roughly 2 cups of quinoa + 2 cups water cooked in the instant pot for 10 minutes. 

Kisir paste

  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp red pepper paste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zest of, juice of
  • 1 cup onion, (about 1 small onion) finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint 
  • 1/4 tsp dried garlic powder (or 2 cloves minced garlic)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup tomatoes, ( about 34 roma tomatoes) seeds and innards removed, small dice
  • 1 cup Persian cucumbers, ( about 34 persian cucumbers) small dice


  1. Add the cooked and cooled quinoa to a bowl, set aside. 

Kisir paste

  1. In a separate mixing bowl, add the pomegranate molasses, tomato paste, red pepper paste, onion, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, onion, oregano, mint, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix really well until a thick paste-like sauce forms.
  2. Next, add the paste/sauce to the quinoa and message generously with your hands or a spoon. I like to massage for 2-3 minutes just to make sure every grain is fully coated to its full potential.
  3. Then, add the parsley. Mix and combine.
  4. When ready to serve, add the chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Give a gentle toss. 
  5. Serve cold or keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Serve: with a slice of lemon and romaine lettuce leaves or alongside any meal.

How long does quinoa kisir salad last? store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Do you like spice? Add jalapeno or serrano at the same time you add the vegetables. 

  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Handmade
  • Cuisine: Turkish-American

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