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Ezme Recipe

This easy and refreshing Turkish salsa also makes a delicious salad. Made with tomatoes, peppers (capsicum), parsley and chilli, it can be made ahead too!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Dips | Sauces, Salad, Salads & Light Meals
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 4 people
Calories 90 kcal


  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ onion
  • ½ red pepper capsicum
  • ½ green pepper capsicum
  • 1 long green chilli
  • 10 g parsley
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon pomogranate molasses


  • Finely chop the tomatoes, onion, red and green peppers/capsicum, chilli and parsley and place in a bowl.
  • Stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, sumac and pomegranate molasses.
  • Pour this over the vegetables and stir well to combine.
  • Cover with clingfilm/cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes, up to 1 day.
  • Place on serving dish, drizzle with extra olive oil and sprinkle with a small pinch of sumac.


Tomatoes - use ripe tomatoes! This makes all the difference to the salsa.
Chilli - red pepper paste is traditionally used in this Turkish salad, but as I can't find it, and to keep this salsa kid friendly, I have used a mild green chilli.
Parsley - flat leaf parsley
Pomegranate molasses - a sweet sour pomegranate syrup is a delicious addition to salad dressings like in this Turkish bulgar salad, Kisir. Use a touch more lemon juice instead if you can't find pomegranate molasses.
Sumac - this tangy slightly sour spice made from berries of the sumac flower is a delicious addition to the salad. You can use it for sprinkling on salads, yogurt dips, chicken. It is a very versatile addition to your slice rack.
Whilst you can use a food processor, the flavour is better if you chop the ingredients by hand.


Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 44mgPotassium: 238mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1244IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword tomato pomegranate molasses, Turkish salad, Turkish salsa


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