Armenian bulgur salad (Itch)

March 11, 2013  •  Category:



You may be still in the throes of Winter where you are, but here in Lebanon Spring has arrived; the mountains are getting covered in wildflowers and fruit trees have started to show their blossoms. Winter was barely felt this year. 

This salad is extra flavorful and when I make it, I end up gobbling most of it; it has tomato, red pepper paste, pomegranate molasses and lots of herbs (plus peppers). It is hearty enough to be lunch, on its own. 

If you soak the bulgur in boiling water, you are already half-done. 

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups bulgur (coarse if possible) soaked in 3 cups of hot water
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 of each: red pepper, green pepper, yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • a few sprigs of mint or 1 Tbsp dry mint powder
  • 1 lb tomatoes or a can of tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp of red pepper paste (can use hot if you like)
  • 1 Tbsp of pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt, to taste


  1. Rinse the bulgur under running tap water and place in a bowl; soak in very hot water (or near boiling) for 30 minutes; the bulgur will swell up. Meanwhile, get the veggies ready. 
  2. Heat the oil and fry the onions for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, red pepper paste, cumin, pomegranate molasses and stir a bit to combine. Add the drained  bulgur and cook the mixture for a few minutes until the bulgur is done (soft and still chewy) and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the herbs, salt to taste, and serve at room temperature. 

flowering prune

fields of flowers


19 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. zerrin says:

    My favorite dish with bulgur! Love the herbs, spices, pomegranate molasses in it. So flavorful and appetizing! I love to pair it with pickles. YUM!

  2. Rosa says:

    Oh, Lebanon must be beautiful in spring! This saladdis wonderful.



  3. Angie@Angiesrecipes says:

    A beautiful salad to celebrate the arrival of spring.

  4. Nancy says:

    i will try some today. so when do you add the red, green yellow peppers? do you add them with onions.. thanks

  5. Kathy says:

    I love your beautiful photos! Lebanon looks like a gorgeous place! Your salad sounds amazing…the ingredients work so well together!

  6. Joy @My Turkish Joys says:

    This dish looks very flavorful! I love my Turkish nar sauce! Spring is full swing here in Istanbul as well. Enjoy!

  7. Ed Habib says:

    Looks very good. With lent coming for the Eastern Orthodox this is something i will definately try

  8. Ani says:

    My family has been making Itch for years and it is one of my favorite lunch items, though I’ve never added pomegranate molasses. Sounds interesting!

  9. Susan says:

    What glorious spring photos! I know our spring will arrive soon but we still have plenty of snow on the ground to melt so I’ll have to enjoy spring vicariously through your shots.

    What a hearty and delicious salad!

  10. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Doesn’t matter what the weather looks delicious!

  11. Nuts about food says:

    Oh, I can just picture the beauty of spring blooming in the Lebanese mountains, after seeing what it looks like in places like Sicily and Mallorca…

  12. Sylvia says:

    This is a refreshing spring salad that is so fresh,and so healthy. My family and I are major lovers of itch, For the ladies it is practically a staple at lunch. There are as many different ways to make itch salad, but as for me, I seem to like them all..

  13. domi says:

    Une délicieuse salade bien gourmande…

  14. Wizzy says:

    As always when I visit your blog there is something new and delicious looking to be added to my growing list of must try recipes.

  15. Sahar says:

    I made this today. It was delicious 🙂 Thank you for the recipe. Is the recipe’s name pronounced itch–as itch would be pronounced in English? Or is it pronounced eetch or something else?

  16. Arpi says:

    This looks great! I’m Armenian and we make it with Bulgur#1. My first time making it, l made it with #4 and my family still brings it up 20 years later. They think it’s hilarious 🙂

  17. Lamah says:

    How many portions does this recipie make?

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