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Ezme Salad
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5 from 3 votes

Ezme Salad (Acili Ezme)

Ezme Salad (Acili Ezme) is a spicy Turkish dip commonly served at restaurants alongside a basket of warm Turkish Pide Bread or Pita Bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Turkish
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Ayla Clulee

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic (pasted)
  • ½ tablespoon red pepper paste
  • ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • 40 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 30 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon flaked chilli (pul biber)
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint

For the Salad

  • 2 medium tomatoes (approx 250 grams)
  • 2 Turkish green peppers or ½ green bell pepper (approx 50 grams)
  • 1 red romano pepper (approx 50 grams)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Persian or Turkish cucumber (approx 200 grams)
  • 2 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

Preparing the sauce

  • Turn the garlic into a paste using a pestle and mortar, or finely grate using a Microplane and place it in a bowl.
  • Add the red pepper paste, tomato paste, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, salt, pul biber and dried mint to the bowl.
  • Give them a good stir using a whisk or a spoon and set it aside.

Prepare the vegetables

  • Finely dice the tomatoes, peppers (both red and green), onion and cucumber using a sharp knife. Place them in a large bowl.
  • Alternatively, you can use a food processor to chop your vegetables. The texture and the taste won't be as good as hand-chopped but will save you time if you are in a rush.
  • Finely chop the parsley leaves and add them to the vegetables.
  • Add the sauce to the vegetables, stir well until all combined and place the salad in a serving bowl.
  • Drizzle extra olive oil and pomegranate molasses over it when serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2059IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg