Bulgur is an ancient Middle Eastern grain made from whole wheat kernels that have been parboiled, dried and crushed (or cracked). Chewy and nutty-tasting, it's high in fiber, protein, and nutrients.
This recipe is adapted from Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers.
- 1 cup bulgur wheat
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- 1/2 small head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- 3 scallions, white and green parts, finely sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted if desired
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 2 lemons
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place bulgur in a medium bowl with salt, then pour 1-1/4 cups boiling water over top. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit until all of the water is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes
Combine the cooked bulgur with all of the remaining ingredients and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve cold or at room temperature.