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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranates; Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds - Borulce Salatasi

Black eyed beans salad with grated carrots, turnips, walnuts and pomegranate seeds; also gluten-free – Borulce Salatasi

So good to be back to blogging and sharing recipes with you all after quite a long while, with this refreshing, wholesome  and also gluten – free Black eyed Beans Salad, a recent hit in our home.

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

Our feast of Turkish food from my Online Turkish Cookery Course

I had a busy but exciting start of the year with the launch of my online Turkish cookery course (a wonderful introduction to Turkish cuisine with 4 classic Turkish recipe demonstrations; a course you can do at your own time and watch unlimited times, with a special offer at the moment. Here’s a free preview of the course)

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Making the smoked eggplant puree for the Ali Nazik Kebab at my Turkish cookery class in Austin.

Another highlight of February was teaching a wonderful series of Turkish cookery classes in the US with the Central Market Cooking Schools in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. I was really touched and delighted to see the growing interest for Turkish cuisine and meet amazing Turkish food lovers, always a treat. My next stop is Amman, Jordan in March to teach a 5 day Turkish cookery workshop and a Turkish cookery class in May in England – greatly look forward to them all.

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce; makes a wholesome, delicious salad

But now I am delighted to share this delicious, refreshing and wholesome salad we’ve been enjoying recently, featuring black eyed beans or borulce, as in Turkish. The black-eyed pea or black-eyed bean, or borulce is a legume, a subspecies of the cowpea. They are also known as the California Blackeye. They also have many health benefits; black eye beans are packed with fiber, protein, potassium and low in fat. Many good reasons to incorporate them in our diet.

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

Delicious and healthy black eyed beans salad with walnuts and pomegranates

This black eyed beans salad is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. I love the tangy pomegranates molasses & olive oil in the dressing (you can make your own pomegranate molasses with my recipe here); all these flavor the black eyed beans beautifully. You can also add pomegranate seeds as I did in this salad; they add a great texture and taste.

I hope you enjoy substantial, delicious salad; Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Black eyed Bean Salad with Walnuts, Pomegranate; Borulce Salatasi
 
This black eyed beans salad, Borulce Salatasi, is a wholesome, refreshing and vibrant salad with plenty of zing. Grated carrots and bell peppers bring wonderful natural sweetness and work well with radishes, onions and crunchy walnuts. Pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses bring a tangy, refreshing flavor.
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Recipe type: Healthy Turkish Salads with black eyed beans
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 175gr / 6 oz. / 1 cup dried black eyed beans
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped coarsely
  • ½ red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 spring (green) onions, chopped finely
  • 5 small radishes; quartered and sliced
  • ½ cup / 3 oz. / 90 gr pomegranate seeds
  • 40 gr/ 1.5 oz. / ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 30 ml/ 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. pomegranate molasses – optional-
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the dried black eyed beans overnight in plenty of cold water.
  2. Next day, drain, rinse and put the beans into a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 35 - 40 minutes. Drain and rinse the cooked beans in cold water to refresh and retain their texture.
  3. Stir in the chopped onions and green (spring) onions in a large bowl and add ½ tsp sea salt. Work the salt into the onions with your hands; this will soften the onions and make them more palatable in the salad.
  4. Stir in the rest of chopped vegetables to the bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the cooked black eyed beans, pomegranate seeds and chopped walnuts to the bowl, combine well.
  6. Pour in the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses over the salad, give a good mix.
  7. Check the seasoning and add more salt if required and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Stir in the chopped parsley and combine all gently. Afiyet Olsun!

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Halloumi Salad with peppers and tomatoes – Hellim Peynirli Salata

Halloumi Cheese Salad with rocket, peppers, spring onions, tomatoes; a delicious treat.

Halloumi Cheese Salad with rocket, peppers, spring onions, tomatoes; a delicious treat.

I love the distinctive taste of the halloumi cheese or hellim peyniri as we call in Turkish, it is such a treat. Originated in Cyprus, halloumi is a semi hard cheese, made from the mixture of goat and sheep’s and sometimes cow milk. As it has a high melting point, it is wonderful when grilled or lightly sautéed; a real treat we enjoyed while we were at the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Halloumi is a popular cheese also in the Middle East, as well as in Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. It is also good to see its increasing popularity in the UK and the US.

I like serving grilled or cooked halloumi with a plain, crunchy salad; it makes an easy, delicious starter or accompanies main courses well. Halloumi cheese has a distinctive, quite salty and rich taste and pairs well with sweet bell peppers, spring (green) onions and juicy tomatoes. Rocket, watercress, spinach all work well in this salad. A simple dressing of zesty lemon juice, oregano and olive oil is all you need as a dressing. You may also wish to sprinkle some red pepper flakes, Turkish pul biber over, if you fancy a spicy kick. Then close your eyes and imagine yourself at the Aegean or Mediterranean; it does the trick for me and tickles our taste buds every time.

Cook the halloumi  1 -2 minutes each side until nicely browned; serve immediately over the salad.

Cook the halloumi 1 -2 minutes each side until nicely browned; serve immediately over the salad.

Tip: The trick with the halloumi cheese is that you need to serve it as soon as it is grilled or cooked; while the cheese is warm and crispy outside and soft and juicy inside. If you wait longer, it will start to get harder and you will start to lose the texture and flavors. Therefore, make sure to get your salad ready first before cooking the halloumi cheese and serve straight.

Gumusluk, over looking Tavsan Adasi, Bodrum - Turkey

Gumusluk, over looking Tavsan Adasi, Bodrum – Turkey

I hope you enjoy this easy (and gluten-free) grilled halloumi salad, packed with flavor. And I hope it helps hanging on to that summer feeling, that sunny outlook, no matter the weather.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

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Halloumi Salad with peppers and tomatoes – Hellim Peynirli Salata
 
I hope you enjoy this easy, delicious and gluten - free salad with cooked Halloumi Cheese. Halloumi cheese is packed with flavor and as it has a high melting point, it is wonderful when grilled or lightly sauteed. Enjoy it over this simple salad with juicy tomatoes and sweet peppers. The salad makes a great appetizer or accompanies main courses well.
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Recipe type: Healthy and easy Mediterranean Salads with Halloumi Cheese
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 110 gr/ 4 oz. halloumi cheese, drained and pat dried with paper towel
  • 110 gr/ 4 oz. rocket, watercress or spinach leaves
  • ½ red bell (or pointy) pepper, ½ yellow or green bell pepper, deseeded, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 spring (green) onions, trimmed, washed and finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp. olive oil (to cook the halloumi cheese)
  • For dressing:
  • 30ml/ 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (you can use a little less if you prefer)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 5 ml / 1 tsp. Turkish red pepper flakes, pul biber or chili flakes (optional)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Crusty bread to serve
Instructions
  1. Place the rocket, spinach leaves or watercress (or a combination) in a large bowl.
  2. Mix in the sliced peppers, chopped spring (green) onions and tomatoes, combine well.
  3. Add the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, dried oregano, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Toss well to combine everything thoroughly. Set aside until the halloumi is ready.
  4. Drain the juices of the halloumi cheese and pat dry gently with a paper towel. Cut the cheese into 6-8 small chunky slices.
  5. Pour in 1 tbsp. olive oil in a heavy pan over high heat.
  6. Once the pan is hot, add the halloumi slices and cook 1 -2 minutes each side until nicely browned.
  7. Place the cooked halloumi over the salad and sprinkle with red pepper flakes or chili flakes if you like.
  8. Serve immediately with crusty bread.
Notes
The trick with the halloumi cheese is that you need to serve it as soon as it is grilled or cooked; while the cheese is warm and crispy outside and soft and juicy inside. If you wait longer, it will start to get harder and you will start to lose the texture and flavors. Therefore, make sure to get your salad ready first before cooking the halloumi cheese and serve straight.

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Baba ghanoush or Abagannuc; burnt eggplant salad with lemon, olive oil

Baba ghanoush; Abagannuc; burnt eggplant, tomatoes and peppers in garlic, olive oil and pomegranate molasses

Baba ghanoush or Abagannuc; burnt eggplant, tomatoes and peppers in garlic, olive oil and pomegranate molasses

This delicious salad or dip, Abagannuc or Baba ghanoush, is very popular in Antakya and Southern Turkish cuisine and one of our family favorites. It has many variations throughout the Middle East, where tahini maybe added or plain yoghurt and what to include or not include may invite heated debates! No matter how the finishing touch will be, the essence of this salad remains the same; the aubergines are traditionally cooked over open fire or over the burner to get the smoky flavor. The skin of aubergines and peppers burn and their flesh becomes soft, sweet and tender.

Kozmatik from home; a steel base with holes on it, a genius idea to cook/char grill the vegetables without much of a mess!

Kozmatik from home; a steel base with holes on it, a genius idea to cook/char grill the vegetables without much of a mess!

In Turkey, a very simple gadget called “Kozmatik” is used to cook the aubergines over the burner. It has a steel base with holes on it, a genius idea to cook the vegetables without much of a mess!

Leave the peeled eggplant fleshin the colander to drain its bitter juices.

Leave the peeled eggplant fleshin the colander to drain its bitter juices.

You can cook the aubergines a day ahead of time; just add ½ juice of lemon after mashing and combine well, that will help to retain its color. Cover and keep in the fridge until you make the salad. I also added a drizzle of pomegranate molasses as a dressing in this version; the smoky flavor of aubergines and peppers worked really well with pomegranate molasses. When in season, pomegranate seeds would also be lovely over this salad.

Abagannuc or baba ghanoush goes very well as part of a mezze spread or with any grills. I also love this dip on crackers or toasted bread with a nice sharp cheese or feta cheese aside.

Abagannuc or baba ghannoush, a delicious smoky eggplant salad with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses.

Abagannuc or baba ghannoush, a delicious smoky eggplant salad with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses.

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I hope you enjoy our version of Abagannuc or baba ghannoush, packed with flavor. This delicious meze and over 90 authentic recipes from my homeland are included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table; signed copies available at this link (and it is 10 % off for Father’s Day, from June 1-16th; please enter promo code: fathers-day at check out), if interested.

Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

5.0 from 2 reviews
Baba ghanoush-Abagannuc; burnt eggplant salad with garlic, olive oil
 
Abagannuc or baba ghanoush is a popular mezze or salad in southern Turkish cuisine, where eggplants are char grilled to get a delicious, smoky flavor. It has different versions throughout the Middle East. We'd like to add a little pomegranate molasses in our version for a tangy, sweet flavor. This salad / dip goes very well as part of a mezze spread or with any grills. I also love this dip on crackers or toasted bread with a nice sharp cheese or feta cheese aside.
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Recipe type: Turkish Mezzes, Salads
Cuisine: Regional Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium aubergines / eggplants
  • 1 pointy red pepper or bell pepper
  • 3 small, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed with salt and finely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 30ml/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • A drizzle (about 10ml/2 tsp) pomegranate molasses to decorate (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to serve
Instructions
  1. Line the base of your burners with a foil to protect, keeping only the burners exposed.
  2. Place the eggplants or aubergines and pepper directly over the burner on medium heat and roast for about 15 - 20 minutes, turning occasionally. (You can roast the tomatoes on a barbeque or on the oven at 200 C for about 20-25 minutes, as it can get quite messy over the burner.)
  3. If you prefer not to have the smoky flavor, you can also score the aubergines with a knife in few places and bake on a baking tray for 50 – 60 minutes. In this case, turn them around every 20 minutes or so that they would cook evenly. Pepper would need about 35-40 minutes to cook in the oven and chargrill.
  4. If you are cooking over the burner, use metal tongs to turn the aubergines and pepper around so that all sides would cook evenly and the skin is nicely chargrilled. Cook until the skin is burnt and the flesh is soft.
  5. Remove the cooked aubergines, tomatoes and the pepper to a colander to allow them to cool. Once cool, peel and discard their burnt skin and leave them in the colander to drain aubergine’s bitter juices. I like to gently squeeze the aubergine flesh to drain as much water as possible.
  6. Chop the flesh of the aubergine, pepper and tomatoes coarsely and mash them with a fork.
  7. Place the flesh in a bowl and stir in the chopped garlic, lemon juice and the extra virgin olive oil, combine well. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. When serving, drizzle with pomegranate molasses over (if you prefer to) and give a gentle mix; its tangy flavor works really well with the smoked aubergine and peppers.
 

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