Vegan Turkish Freekeh Salad (Firik Salatasi)

Freekeh is a protein-rich super grain made from roasted green wheat that is cooked similar to rice. This vegan Turkish salad is simple to make and full of Middle Eastern flavors.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup freekeh

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or more to taste

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

  • 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, or to taste (Optional)

  • 4 lettuce leaves


  1. Rinse freekeh in a sieve under cold running water. Drain. Place into a pot, add water and salt, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until water has been absorbed and freekeh is soft, 15 to 18 minutes.

  2. Transfer freekeh to a bowl. Mix in olive oil and lemon juice. Set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.

  3. Add bell pepper, green onions, parsley, and mint to freekeh; mix well. Stir in lemon zest and pomegranate seeds. Serve on lettuce leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
12g Fat
37g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 104mg 522%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 363mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.