I’m coming to you today with some inspiration for summer BBQ/potluck season. This Mediterranean Bulgur Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette will be your new favorite summer staple!
It’s incredibly easy to make, super versatile, and full of flavor, too. Plus, the bulgur wheat makes it more filling than a standard salad.
What is bulgur wheat?
Bulgur is a whole wheat grain made from cracked wheat, and it comes partially pre-cooked. Because of that, it cooks super quickly. (To cook bulgur, all you have to do is let it soak in boiling water.)
It’s also packed with nutritional value: vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It tastes somewhat nutty, and has a chewy texture (in a good way!). The consistency is similar to quinoa or couscous. It’s a great alternative to rice, if you’re ever in a pinch!
Mediterranean Bulgur Salad
Besides being an awesome side dish addition for a potluck, this Mediterranean Bulgur Salad would also make a yummy packed lunch for work or a simple dinner any day of the year!
I know I share a lot of Mediterranean-themed recipes (a few faves: Sheet Pan Mediterranean Chicken Thighs + Mediterranean Green Tea Quinoa Salad + Mediterranean Chicken Stuffed Peppers), but the flavors are my favorite!
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong when pairing grains, veggies, feta, and a bright vinaigrette. 🙂
This Mediterranean Bulgur Salad pairs well with grilled chicken. But you can also enjoy it with steak, leftover burger meat, salmon, or chickpeas for a vegetarian option.
Or just enjoy it as-is!
Here are some more meal prep salad ideas for lunches to try!
How to Make Mediterranean Bulgur Salad
Here’s what you’re working with to throw together this simple, flavorful, and colorful Mediterranean bulgur salad.
Cook the bulgur while you are busy chopping your veggies. By the time the bulgur is ready, all you have to do to finish off this dish is throw everything in a bowl and stir!
Easy as can be.
To make the vinaigrette for the salad, it’s a really simple combination of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh mint. So bright and refreshing!
I’m really into mint lately. We have a bunch left over from my post about recipes to make water more exciting (try it!).
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe!
If you try it, tag me on social media @fANNEtasticfood so I can see what you ate it with/how you liked it. 🙂
*To make about 3 cups of cooked bulgur: Combine 1 & 1/2 cups dry bulgur and 2 & 1/4 cups water in a pot with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes to continue absorbing moisture. Fluff with a fork, then cool before mixing with salad ingredients.
*To make about 3 cups of cooked bulgur:
Combine 1 & 1/2 cups dry bulgur and 2 & 1/4 cups water in a pot with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes to continue absorbing moisture. Fluff with a fork, then cool before mixing with salad ingredients.
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Or, looking for BBQ-appropriate main dishes to enjoy with this salad? Check out this post: Healthy Grilling Dinner Recipes.