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Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chickpeas, Lemon & Dill

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With fresh herbs, chopped vegetables and chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style bulgur salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh.

Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chickpeas, Lemon & Dill

Made with nutty bulgur, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables, and buttery chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh. I like to make it over the weekend and keep it in the fridge all week long for healthy lunches.

What you’ll need to make bulgur salad

bulgur salad ingredients

Bulgur is a chewy and nutty-tasting grain made from whole wheat kernels that have been parboiled, dried and cracked. In addition to being delicious, it’s super healthy — high in fiber and protein, rich in vitamins and minerals, and low in fat and calories. You can find it in most supermarkets near the pasta, rice, or hot cereal, and many stores also carry it in the bulk bins.

Step-by-Step Instructions

To begin, in a medium bowl, combine the bulgur bowl and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

bulgur and salt

Pour 1-1/4 cups boiling water over top and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

bowl covered with plastic wrap Let the bulgur steam for 30 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.

steamed bulgur

While the bulgur soaks, prepare the vegetables and herbs.

I like to soak the red onions in cold water to remove the raw onion taste. This is totally optional — if you like raw onions, skip this step.

soaking red onion in water

Once the chopped onion has soaked, drain thoroughly.

draining onion

In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, sugar, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt.

whisked dressing

Add the cooled bulgur, onion, bell pepper, cucumber, dill, parsley, and chick peas.

adding the bulgur and vegetables to the dressingToss well, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

tossed bulgur saladChill until ready to serve or up to two days. Serve cold or room temperature.

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Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chick Peas, Lemon & Dill

With fresh herbs, chopped vegetables and chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style bulgur salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh.

Servings: 4 to 6 as a side dish (2 to 3 as a main course)
Total Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-grind (#2) bulgur
  • 1½ teaspoons salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small English (or hothouse) cucumber, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place the bulgur in a large bowl with ½ teaspoon salt and 1¼ cups boiling water. Cover the bowl tightly with saran wrap and let sit for 15-30 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Let cool, then fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, to soften the bite of the raw onions, place them in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for ten minutes, and then drain. (Feel free to skip this step if you don't mind the strong taste of raw onions.)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, sugar, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Add the cooled bulgur, onion, bell pepper, cucumber, dill, parsley, and chick peas. Toss well, then taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Chill until ready to serve or up to two days. Serve cold or room temperature.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 336
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Sodium: 1085mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Comments

  • I love your recipe. The dish is just what I am looking for. Then I found out the sodium content is in a range of 1000 mg. Is it possible? I analysed all the ingredients and didn’t find a culprit. Could it be a mistake?

    • — Witold Niesluchowski on January 28, 2024
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    • Hi Witold, Glad you like the look of the recipe! I use an online tool to calculate the nutritional information. I just plugged the recipe in again and, you’re right, the sodium is much lower (610 mg per serving). They sometimes change/update their algorithms which leads to changes in the nutritional info – strange, but good news for you. 😊 Hope you enjoy if you make it!

      • — Jenn on January 29, 2024
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  • Hi Jen,
    I love the salad so much and make it often , but I’ve been trying to incorporate oil free recipes lately. Is there a way to do this with this recipe?

    • — JR on January 17, 2024
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    • Unfortunately, I don’t think this would translate well to using no oil — sorry!

      • — Jenn on January 17, 2024
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  • This is a very forgiving recipe. I only had 3/4 bulgar on hand and no chickpeas. Drove right in and made it, adjusting the water. Subbed Feta for the chickpeas and added extra cucumber. I stuck it in the fridge for two days. When I brought it out I took one cup for myself, got caught up in a phone call. Came back to the kitchen: the entire bowl was empty!! Hubs said this was the best Tabouli salad ever……. never make another version again. Well I guess so.

    • — Dorothea on October 26, 2023
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  • I love trying recipes that have that one key ingredient that I’ve either never heard of, or have never tried before. Bulgur was the one ingredient that I have never heard of, so that’s what drew me to this recipe. This recipe was very easy to make and did not take much time. It was tart at first, but once the flavors blended, it was great.
    Jenn Segal came through once again with a great recipe. Thank you for sharing your skills and great food.

    • — Paul on October 23, 2023
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  • I made this last night and it was delicious!! I have enough leftover for 3 more meals and I will enjoy it until it’s gone. This will be what I bring to the next potluck. Thanks, Jen.

    • — Deb Roberts on September 16, 2023
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