I created this salad yesterday, as a means to have a nice break from studying for the start of my clinical rotation (Monday – ahhhh!!!!). I just wanted to do something with chickpeas, but other than that didn’t have a clue what I was going to make. After looking in the pantry, I came across some coarse bulgur that I had never used, and decided to do a sort of salad. This salad would also work well with quinoa. It’s pretty similar to my Quinoa and Fall Veggie Salad.
Super easy to make.
1 cup coarse bulgur + 2 1/4 cups water
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained to get rid of excess sodium
1/2 cup diced sundried tomatoes
1/2 a large red bell pepper, diced
1/2 a small onion, diced
1/2 cup diced fresh parsley
1 cup reduced fat Feta cheese
1/2 cup vinaigrette dressing (I used Walden Farms fat free, calorie free Italian cause we had it in the fridge, but if I were to make this again I have a feeling that it would be AMAZING with some Greek dressing from Gazebo Room – I’m in love with that salad dressing. Or, if you wanted to be super awesome you could make your own dressing).
2 Tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. After it’s boiling add the bulgur and cook for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the bulgur has absorbed the water. If there’s excess water but the bulgur is done (taste it – it should be soft but with just a hint of a crunch, kind of like brown rice) then just drain off the excess water.
2. Mix bulgur, chickpeas, tomatoes, pepper, onion, parsley, and Feta in a big mixing bowl. Pour the dressing on top and stir. Add lemon juice one tablespoon at a time and taste in between to make sure it’s not too lemony for you. Shake on some salt and pepper to your liking to finish.
3. Chill in the fridge and serve cold.
I really liked this salad, and it was really healthy. Using that fat free, calorie free dressing it came to about 200 calories for a whole cup and had like 12 grams of protein – not bad! Plus, it’s pretty 🙂
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