Bulgur Recipes

Spicy Pita Pockets with Chicken, Lentils, and Tahini Sauce

From twists on traditional tabbouleh to warm salads with roasted veggies, here are incredible bulgur recipes.

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Bulgur-Pomegranate Salad

Bulgur-Pomegranate Salad

This is Athena Calderone’s twist on tabbouleh, the parsley-heavy Middle Eastern bulgur salad. She’s added tangy, juicy pomegranate seeds, pleasantly bitter endive and pistachios to dress it up. Be sure to let the bulgur cool—it’ll make the grain nice and fluffy.

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Lemony Bulgur Salad with Shrimp and Spinach

Lemony Bulgur Salad with Shrimp and Spinach
© Petrina Tinslay

Bulgur (a quick-cooking form of whole wheat) is usually boiled before it's eaten, but for this terrific main-course salad, Melissa Rubel Jacobson simply softens it in warm tap water before tossing it with baby spinach and precooked shrimp.

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Chicken and Bulgur Salad with Corn

Chicken and Bulgur Salad with Corn

Bulgur makes a hearty base for a salad. Here, it's tossed with corn kernels, tomato, red onion, and a bit of hot pepper, dressed with lime vinaigrette, and then topped with slices of sautéed chicken breast for an ideal summer meal.

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Spicy Grain Soup

Spicy Grain Soup

Based on a brothy tortilla soup, this fiery, substantial soup is full of nutty-tasting barley, brown rice and bulgur, creating a dish that's high in fiber.

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Herb-and-Bulgur Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Herb and Bulgur Salad with Sunflower Seeds
© John Kernick

Food & Wine's Justin Chapple dresses up hearty, simple, no-cook bulgur with a bounty of fresh herbs, a lemony dressing and crunchy roasted sunflower seeds.

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Tabbouleh with Tuna

Tabbouleh with Tuna

Pairing Suggestion: This simple dish requires a neutral white wine with high acidity in order not to clash with the mint and to stand up to the lemon juice. An Italian white, such as a Pinot Bianco from the Alto Adige, ought to fit the bill perfectly.

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Hanger Steak with Warm Bulgur Salad

Hanger Steak with Warm Bulgur Salad

Pairing Suggestion: Peppery, berry-rich Petite Sirah.

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Bulgur Salad with Lightly Roasted Vegetables

Bulgur Salad with Lightly Roasted Vegetables
© Marie Hennechart

"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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Turkey Kibbe Kebabs with Two Sauces

Turkey Kibbe Kebabs with Two Sauces

Kibbe kebabs are made from chopped meat and (very often) bulgur and formed into sausagelike shapes. Here, turkey replaces the traditional lamb.

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Bulgur with Tangy Artichokes

Bulgur with Tangy Artichokes

Shawn McClain sautés fresh artichokes before mixing them with bulgur. He simmers asparagus in a shallow pan of water in the oven with lemon juice, sugar and salt for 15 minutes. To make it easier, we use delicious, tangy jarred artichokes in the salad and steam the asparagus for just five minutes.

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Eggplant, Lentil, and Bulgur Salad

Eggplant, Lentil, and Bulgur Salad

It's two salads in one—a hearty, spicy mixture of lentils and eggplant and a crisp, cool combination of cucumber and tomato. Each is fine by itself, but they're even better when served together.

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Summer Bulgur and Green Bean Salad

Summer Bulgur and Green Bean Salad
© Maura McEvoy

This lovely side dish of light, fluffy bulgur studded with bits of toasted almonds and crisp green beans is a wonderful alternative to rice.

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Spicy Pita Pockets with Chicken, Lentils, and Tahini Sauce

Spicy Pita Pockets with Chicken, Lentils, and Tahini Sauce

Pairing Suggestion: You need a straightforward wine that won't compete but will be gulpable enough to prepare the palate for the next hot bite. Try a Chenin Blanc or a White Zinfandel from California.

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