Mediterranean Bulgur Salad Recipe
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Mediterranean Bulgur Salad Recipe

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Whether it's health or taste you're after, it doesn't get any better than this --bulgur, beans, tomatoes pine nuts and olive oil team up in this vegetarian main dish salad. CW's food editor, Wendy Stenman, created this just for The Healthy Kitchen.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked bulgur
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 8 green onions, sliced
  • 1 package (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 298 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring broth and bulgur to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender and broth is almost absorbed. Remove from the heat; let stand at room temperature, uncovered, until broth is absorbed.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine the bulgur, beans, tomatoes, cucumber and onions. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and pine nuts. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Mediterranean Bulgur Salad in Country Woman January/February 2007, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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AWayOfLife User ID: 5990469 69173
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"I used only 1 cup of bulgur. It was a good amount. 1 1/2 cups is to much."

Aprillouisehoule User ID: 6671395 88534
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"I made it for Mothers Day and everyone loved it. Several people asked for the recipe!"

Photoninja67 User ID: 7578591 155596
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"So good! Added slightly less olive oil but otherwise followed recipe. Even better on day 2 and 3."

1bocagirl User ID: 5871134 63389
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"I made it without the pine nuts and feta cheese, it was very tasty and delicious. Will make it again, it's a great option for a healthy side dish."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 83128
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2012

"Have made it several times with no changes. healthy and tasty, as described."

aelfgifu User ID: 5979203 207824
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"I tried another recipe before finding this one. The changes I made to the other recipe make it much like this one.

Rather than cook the bulgur I just brought the broth to a boil, added the grain and let it set for an hour.
To the broth I added a tsp. of fresh rosemary, minced and the zest of two lemons.
I didn't have a cucumber or green onions. To add bulk I added a can of artichoke hearts (not in oil).
I also did not add any cheese.
I am looking forward to making this again with the addition of nuts.
All in all a tasty dish."

PB2 User ID: 5845824 82964
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"I didn't wait for the bulgur to cool, but mixed this salad up and served it warm. I didn't have feta cheese, but used shredded mozzarella. Later, we tryed the salad cold with shredded Swiss cheese. This is an excellent, healthy salad. I'm keeping this recipe. My only question is, did I have to cook the bulgur? A recipe on the sack of bulgur, said to soak the bulgur in water for an hour before using it."

beccabobo User ID: 1540193 157773
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"This is one of the best dishes I've ever eaten in my life. It reminds me of a yummy grain salad from Earth Fare or something.

I made it with a few changes, due to what I had in the house at the time. I plan to keep those changes next go around.
Perfect to eat with Martha Stewart's Curried Carrot soup. Google that one for the recipe. :)
-Only 4 green onions
-Only 4 Tbs. of oil
-Cilantro instead of parsley
-Crushed almonds instead of pine nuts
-chicken broth instead of veggie"

Isolda User ID: 2915263 136773
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"I had to leave out the pine nuts because of a family member's allergy to them. I thought: What can I replace them with? I decided on chopped pistachios, which are Mediterranean. The substitution was a success; everyone loved this salad."

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