Grain salads are ready in a flash and substantial without weighing you down—a perfect choice for lunch. This colorful tumble of tomatoes, corn, and squash invites improvisation: Swap red quinoa or brown basmati rice (cooked and cooled) for the bulgur, and fold in anything delicate and leafy in place of the arugula and radish sprouts.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2020


Credit: Frédéric Lagrange

Recipe Summary

20 mins
35 mins
Serves 4 to 6


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  • Combine bulgur, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a drizzle of oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add scallions and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and zucchini; season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add butter and corn and cook, stirring, until corn is crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Add tomatoes and cook until they just begin to release juices, 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste. Add zucchini mixture to bulgur and toss. Fold in arugula and sprouts. Shave cheese over salad and serve.