I am always looking for alternative chopped salads as chopped salads are one of my go to healthy options. They are great because you can always play around with ingredient variations and adjust the taste to your liking and preference. For instance, in summer I’ll make refreshing salads filled with greens, while in winter I try to use seasonal ingredients such as squash, pumpkin, corn, pecans and other nuts.
Over my Hampton getaway weekend, my sister made her own variation of a bulgur salad, which was so delicious, it inspired me to make my own. As you know, I am typically not a heathy grain eater, but this salad was so rich in taste and enticing that it deserved a spot on my blog. Very important to the success of this bulgur salad though, is the size of which you chop your vegetables. Even though I prefer a chunky chop, this salad requires a fine chop for the veggies to release their flavors and mingle with the bulgur and feta cheese.
Make a batch to enjoy throughout the week or serve it at your next gathering, everyone will love it!
– 1 cup DURU COARSE BULGUR
– 1 red pepper, finely diced
– 1 tomato, finely diced
– 1 small English cucumber, finely diced
– 15 oz. cooked chickpeas
– ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
– 1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
– 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
– 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar (tomato cherry red wine vinegar is the best)
– 3 tbsp. lemon juice
– 1 tsp. salt
– ½ tsp. ground black pepper
– Olives (green or black)
– Red onion
Prepare the bulgur according to package instructions. In a large salad bowl, combine all chopped veggies and herbs. Stir in bulgur and feta cheese. Combine the dressing in a cup, by mixing all ingredients and stirring well. Pour dressing over salad and toss.
Tip: The secret ingredient in this bulgur salad is the flavored red wine vinegar (my sister used tomato cherry) which gives it its tasty twist. Try to find this aroma for the real deal. Also, for a salad meal instead of a side dish, add additional, more caloric ingredients to your liking.
Have you ever tried a sweet-savory combo in a salad, such as watermelon and feta? Check out my recipe!