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Bulgur Salad with Cranberries, Lemon and Almonds

Posted in Favourites, Salads, Sides by Janet M on September 26, 2010


This has been a week of salads – and I have more to come (I can’t wait to share my Japanese caprese salad!)

You don’t win friends with salad. Well, I think my friends could be won over by a tasty salad. Nothing says ‘I love you‘ better than a healthy, tasty meal, right? Or is it just me? While I do enjoy desserts, I am more likely to fawn over mangoes, raspberries, pomegranate molasses, baked eggs, marinaded tempeh and let’s not forget the best salad ever. Bulgur has also been a summer obsession and when I was invited to bring a salad to a BBQ gathering with friends, I thought this would be a perfect side salad for the tasty grillings.

This salad was adapted from Delicious Days, who called this “The Salad You Must Make”. I was very tempted. My winning salad was also made with bulgur, and I really like almonds, cranberries and lemon (yes, I cook with them a lot). I knew I had a great combination despite the seemingly simple ingredients, so I brought it along for BBQ bliss.

I really liked the salad, albeit a side salad. Truth be told, I wouldn’t normally make it for myself as I prefer one-dish meals. I was worried it would be dry (where is the dressing?) but it worked well together. The coarse bulgur was slightly creamy. The cranberries were sweet and the lemon zest a bit zippy with the nutty almond crunch. And the grande finale came from the sauteed green onions. They melted down and added that extra dimension (creamy? tasty? buttery? it was great anyhow). I think leeks could work as well, but green onions are cheaper so kudos to that!


This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays.

Bulgur Salad with Cranberries, Lemon and Almonds

2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup coarse bulgur
1/3 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp butter or extra virgin olive oil
3-4 green onions, finely chopped (leeks could work too!)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
zest from 1 lemon
sea salt, if necessary

1. Pour over the stock of your choice (vegetable or chicken) and bring to a boil, then add the bulgur and let simmer for a couple of minutes (stirring every now and then). Add cranberries and allow to continue simmering over low heat  for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the bulgur is soft. Drain excessive stock if necessary.

2. Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a skillet over medium heat without additional fat and constantly stir until they gain a nice golden brown color, but be careful not to burn them. Once done, remove from skillet.

3. Melt butter or oil in the same skillet and saute the green onions over medium heat until quite soft, about 5 minutes.

4. Combine bulgur with cranberries, green onions and lemon zest. Season to taste with additional salt. Add almonds prior to serving, either warm or cold.

Serves 4-6 as a side.

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  1. Rob said, on September 26, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    I’M FRIENDS WITH SALAD!

  2. Priya said, on September 27, 2010 at 4:31 AM

    Simply superb, beautiful salad..

  3. Joanne said, on September 27, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Maybe this could be turned into a one dish meal with some beans? Maybe chickpeas? It looks absolutely fantastic. I’m so one of those friends who could be won over with a salad. But you’ve already won me over ten fold. So it’s kind of a moot point :P

    • Saveur said, on September 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

      You are a girl after my heart, Joanne. Chickpeas make all salads complete. :)

  4. Karen said, on September 28, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    This looks delicious! I’ve never tried cooking with bulgur, but I love the other flavors here!

  5. Rachel said, on October 3, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    Wow, this looks great! Do you eat this as a side dish or main meal? I try to make some kind of grain salad once a week and take for lunches at work and then just munch on some veggies.

    • Saveur said, on October 4, 2010 at 6:58 AM

      Hey Rachel,

      I had this as a side salad, but Joanne’s suggestion to add chickpeas to make it more of a one-bowl meal sounds great. I also love salads throughout the week for lunch. :)

  6. DebinHawaii said, on October 4, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    You always make me want to raid my pantry and make grain salads–this one looks like another delicious one! Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. ;-)


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