Bulgur Salad with Lightly Roasted Vegetables

"I love to make this salad with my son," says Mehmet Gürs. "It's so easy and it can get quite messy, which is fun for a four-year-old." The healthy cracked-wheat salad contains diced, just-tender roasted carrot, red onion and bell pepper, and little pieces of cucumber. Gürs also stirs in tomato paste, which adds richness and sweetness.


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  • 2 cups coarse bulgur, rinsed
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 medium cucumber—peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • Crushed red pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, cover the bulgur with the hot water. Cover the bowl with a plate and let stand until the water has been absorbed and the bulgur is tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle the zucchini, carrot, onion and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss well. Roast for about 15 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly softened; let cool.

  3. Fluff the bulgur with a fork. Stir in the tomato paste. Fold in the roasted vegetables, lemon juice, cucumber and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Make Ahead

The bulgur salad can be refrigerated overnight.


One serving 264 cal, 40 gm carb, 10 gm fat, 1.4 gm sat fat, 6 gm protein, 10 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Marie Hennechart Published March 2010

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