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Bulgur Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

Veg out with this textured toss of chewy grains, tangy cheese, crunchy nuts, shallot, cuke, and citrus. Bulgur, a nutty, chewy Middle Eastern staple -- ready with just a soak -- is found in the grains aisle. Loaded with fiber and protein, it's low in sodium, too.

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Bulgur Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2007

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup medium-grind bulgur
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, preferably extra-virgin
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1/2 head Boston lettuce, torn into large pieces

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix bulgur with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup boiling water. Cover; let sit until bulgur is tender (but still slightly chewy), about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small dry skillet over very low heat, toast pine nuts, tossing constantly, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

  3. Drain bulgur in a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to remove excess liquid; return to bowl. Add feta, shallot, parsley, cucumber, and 1/2 the dressing; season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, toss lettuce with remaining dressing. Top with bulgur mixture and pine nuts.

Reviews (3)

  • grazianolinda 3 Mar, 2014

    This was our first experiment with bugur and found this to be pretty good. I would like a little more "snap" to it next time, maybe more lemon juice or something, but it was good as it was. Will definitely make it again.

  • PattySesler 22 Jun, 2011

    Everytime i make this salad I get compliments. And I love to change it up too. Substituting sliced green grapes for the lettuce is fun and add some color too, like CHERRIES sliced and pitted......I know, crazy, right? But delicious! Sometimes I substitute the pine nuts for walnuts or sliced almonds and even pecans work too. A yellow or orange pepper chopped up can jazz it up as well..........Tons of fun! My favorite!

  • jennifers99 5 Apr, 2010

    A delicious, fresh salad that we make often. We add tomatoes, too!

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