Bulgur Veggie Salad

The most difficult part of this recipe may very well be finding bulgur, though it is more available than it used to be in American grocery stores. It is made from wheat, and has already been cooked and then dried, so it only needs to be soaked in boiling water for a bit to make it edible. You might find it near the couscous in your store, or in the Middle Eastern section. It has a nutty, almost sweet flavor that is a great background for some of the stronger flavors going on in this salad.

There is a more traditional salad made from bulgur, called Tabouleh, but I wanted to incorporate more of the fresh vegetables from our garden, so my version of this is a little different.

Begin with the bulgur. Combine
1 cup bulgur wheat
1 cup boiling water
Let that sit for about 30 minutes. All of the water will prrobably be absorbed by then, but if not, then just drain off the excess.
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Next, make the dressing. Whisk together
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small garlic clove, mashed to a paste
1/2 teaspoon honey
10 grinds fresh pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Set that aside and chop the vegetables. This is what I used, but you can change it around to suit your own taste
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup small yellow summer squash cut in matchstick pieces
1 cup chopped tomato
1 medium cucumber, diced
And then, the herbs. Use a combination of whatever appeals to you most. I chopped about 1/2 cup flat leaf parsely, and a couple tablespoons fresh Thai basil.
2Add the dressing, vegetables and herbs to the bulgur and mix to combine. Allow it to sit at room tempurature for at least 30 minutes before serving. If you refrigerate the salad, bring it back to nearly room temp before serving, as too much cold will deaden some of the flavors.3It is so light and refreshing. Great with grilled chicken or pork chops, or just by itself for lunch. However you serve it, it is going to make your mouth very happy!4

Some other salads you may enjoy:
Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad
Orzo Salad

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11 Responses to Bulgur Veggie Salad

  1. Trisha says:

    Oh my! This one has my taste buds tingling before even tasting a bite! I have never had bulgur before but it looks like it would be nice a nutty tasting. Your veggies look so colorful and delicious – are they from your garden?

  2. Deb says:

    this is such a colorful dish. I’m sure I could substitute bulgar with orzo. Definitely going to try this sweet dish!

  3. Flea says:

    This looks delicious. Can I use couscous? I have some of that.

  4. CM says:

    If it tastes as good as it looks! …. then it’s wonderful!

  5. Janis says:

    When I was a kid, my mom mentioned some ‘vulgar’ recipe she wanted to try. I got very indignant about it. I told her I wasn’t about to eat anything vulgar.

    Just thought you’d like to know that you make ‘vulgar’ look very appetitzing.

  6. Mary says:

    wow, does that ever look delicious!!!

  7. SippitySup says:

    This is a beautiful salad. The colors are so fresh. I agree that bulgur is sweet and delicious! My partner’s Grandma made an awesome and very similar salad well into her 90s, so my guess is this is a super healthy treat too. GREG

  8. Holly says:

    Yes, but, 1/4 cup olive oil? Anything would be great with that! I’d modify this by cutting down to 1 Tbsp, then adding a can of rinsed black beans, or thrawed edamame, to hike up the protein for those of us not eating dead animals. With that, maybe I’ll try it tongiht! Thanks!

  9. Donalyn says:

    Holly – let me know how it turns out for you. Some kind of legume protein would great in there I bet. Reducing the oil is, of course, personal taste, but this makes a pretty big salad [8 side dish size portions probably], so 1/4 divided by 8 isn’t so much for each person.

  10. Yum! This looks fantastic! (And your pictures are just stunning.)

    Cheers!
    +Jessie

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