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Easy Bulgur Salad Recipe with Cranberries, Cucumbers and Chickpeas

This easy bulgur salad recipe with cranberries, cucumbers and chickpeas is an easy and satisfying 15 minute whole grain side dish that works great hot or cold! The combination of textures, colors and flavors is sure to please everyone! Add simple grilled chicken to make this side dish an entree meal!

 

easy bulgur side dish recipe

 

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Easy Bulgur Salad Recipe in white bowl with cloth and serving spoon

 

For the most part, side dishes get the total shaft at my house. I am usually so focused on creating a main entree my family will love that my side dishes are often very plain and boring and totally last minute thoughts.

For a while now, I have been wanting to include more whole grains into our family’s diet. And as a history buff, I am totally digging the “Ancient Grains” trend!

But figuring out a good way to introduce ancient grains to my family in an easy, quick, and delicious way seemed daunting. A lot of the grains I want to try take like 30-45 minutes to prepare – and I’m sorry but I don’t have time/brain power for that anymore. 

This easy bulgur salad recipe is a perfect solution – its easy, delicious, and very kid-friendly!

 

bulgur recipes with cranberries and cucumbers

 

What is Bulgur?

Bulgur originates from Middle Eastern cuisine, and is a grain made from parboiled grouts of wheat. 

It is considered a whole brain and has a light, nutty flavor.

Bulgur is great for making porridge, tabbouleh, and is often used in the same manner that rice or couscous can be used.

 

How to Make this Easy Bulgur Salad Recipe

This easy bulgur salad recipe only takes about 15-20 minutes to make, and is no harder than cooking rice.

  • Boil the water
  • add the bulgar and simmer on low for about 10 minutes
  • toss in some fun additional ingredients like cucumbers, cranberries, and chickpeas.

 

You now have yourself a whole grain side dish you are going to love with barely any work!

Sweet dried cranberries, cool and crisp cucumbers, chickpeas and an easy and refreshing lemon vinaigrette combine perfectly with the earthy bulgar to create a light and refreshing, but totally filling dish.

I love that it is good whether you serve this warm or cold. And leftovers of this bulgur salad recipe is perfect on a bed of lettuce and topped with some leftover diced or shredded chicken.

 

bulgur with cranberries

 

Bob’s Red Mill has long been one of my favorite grain and flour companies. You can tell they have a passion for quality healthy ingredients! And I love the fact that they use traditional stone grinding mills for their flours and cereals – that way they can retain as much nutrition and flavor as possible.

 

bulgur salad recipe

 

This easy bulgur salad recipe would pair great with simple Grilled Greek Chicken Kebabs! Also try Quinoa Pilaf for another great easy grain recipe to pair with your favorite meal!

 

Easy Bulgur Salad Recipe with Cranberries, Cucumbers and Chickpeas

Easy Bulgur Salad Recipe with Cranberries, Cucumbers and Chickpeas

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy bulgur salad recipe with cranberries, cucumbers and chickpeas is an easy and satisfying 15 minute whole grain side dish that works great hot or cold! The combination of textures, colors and flavors is sure to please everyone! Add simple grilled chicken to make this side dish an entree meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bulgur
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP fresh chopped parley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan with a lid, boil the water.
  2. Add the bulgur, reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated and the bulgur is tender.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and fresh chopped parsley.
  5. Toss the bulgar with the lemon vinaigrette, the cranberries, cucumbers and chickpeas.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Can be served hot or cold.

Store in air tight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 242 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 82mg Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 22g Protein: 4g

4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen
    August 1, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    Wow! This looks really good! I love using chickpeas! I have a lot of bulgur right now too, so this will be on the menu soon!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      August 2, 2017 at 1:36 AM

      Let me know what you think!

  • Reply
    Dana
    August 1, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    I haven’t gotten a chance to jump on the bulgar train yet, but this looks like a great first recipe to try! Adding this to my week’s meal plan right away!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      August 2, 2017 at 1:36 AM

      Enjoy!!

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