Bulgur Wheat Salad

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A vibrant, healthy salad perfect for potlucks, picnics, cookouts, and great to keep in the fridge for quick lunches.

Bulgur wheat salad in bowl with serving spoon.

This gorgeous salad recipe stars bulgur wheat bolstered by herbs, olive oil, orange and lemon, and minced chopped onion. Olives are optional, but I love the salty punch they add. The ingredient list for this salad is short, but the salad packs so much flavor! This is a great big-batch salad to make, and leftovers are delicious the next day. You can also add some sliced or cubed grilled chicken or baked chicken breasts if you want to turn this into a chicken bulgur salad.

Bulgur wheat is a nutritious, high-in-fiber whole grain and is a great base for this very hearty and satisfying grain salad that will keep you sated for hours. It’s completely simple to make (if you can make rice, you can make bulgur wheat), and once you have a container of cooked bulgur in the fridge, a salad like this one is but minutes away.

Serve with Grilled NY Strip Steak, Mediterranean Pork Loin, or Grilled Vegetable Kebabs.

Table setting with bowl full of bulgur wheat salad.

Bulgur Wheat Salad: A vibrant, healthy salad perfect for potlucks, picnics, cookouts, and great to keep in the fridge for quick lunches.

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Bulgur Salad Ingredients

Variations

There are a lot of ways to keep going with this salad. You can add grated or crumbed cheeses, like Parmesan, feta or queso, or goat cheese. Think about switching up the citrus choices (lime instead of lemon). You can also include some diced tomatoes, cucumbers, or avocado.

Herbs in Bulgur Salad

Chopping fresh basil, oregano, and parsley for bulgur salad.

During the summer when fresh herbs are in abundance, this is a great way to highlight them. I chose basil, parsley and oregano, but you can use any herbs you like. Think about dill, thyme, marjoram, or sage. Taste as you add — some herbs, like sage or rosemary, can become too much in large quantities. Start small, and add to taste.

How to Make Bulgur Wheat Salad

  1. Combine the ingredients: Place the bulgur wheat in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, basil, parsley, oregano, lemon, and orange zest and juice, onion, olives, salt, and pepper.
Zesting lemon and adding orange juice and chopped herbs to bowl of bulgur salad.
  1. Toss and serve: Toss to blend well. Serve at room temperature.
Tossing and serving bulgur salad in bowls.

Storage and Leftovers

This salad is best the day it is made because of the fresh herbs. but it will keep for a day or two in the refrigerator. Give it a fluff before serving.

What to Serve With Bulgur Wheat Salad

This bulgur salad is a great anchor to a vegetarian meal.

Bulgur salad on plate with salad and meat.

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Bulgur Wheat Salad

A vibrant, healthy salad perfect for potlucks, picnics, cookouts, and great to keep in the fridge for quick lunches.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 People
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Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Place the bulgur wheat in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, basil, parsley, oregano, lemon, and orange zest and juice, onion, olives, salt, and pepper.
  • Toss to blend well. Serve at room temperature.

Notes

There are a lot of ways to keep going with this salad. You can add in grated or crumbed cheeses, like Parmesan, feta or queso, or goat cheese. You could switch up the citrus choices. You can also include some diced tomatoes, cucumbers, or avocado.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 277mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 301IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 2mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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  1. Colleen Graham says:

    Easy and wonderfully flavored. Great recipe.