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Delicious Bulgar Salad

bulgar salad with cherry tomatoes and diced cucumber in a decorative bowl

Bulgar is one of my favorite grains used in Palestinian cooking to enjoy especially in the summertime because it goes so well with BBQ. My mom always made bulgar as opposed to rice with our kebabs and I truly prefer it! It is so good! This bulgar salad makes for a refreshing and really simple side dish to any meal really. It is packed with nutrients and loads of flavor. It is bright and leftovers taste even better because the flavors will have more time to mesh with one another.

I often make this Bulgar Salad for meal prep since it lasts for a good week in the fridge covered in an airtight container. So, make an abundance and eat it throughout the week as a healthy side dish to your meal! It really goes with everything. Anything from seafood to red meat.

If you have a gluten intolerance, sub the bulgar with quinoa instead. It will be really delicious as well! If you want, you can also add some crumbled feta on top for extra flavor but that is completely optional! You have to try this vegan-friendly meal and let me know what you think! Promise you will love it 🙂

Watch how I made this salad!

Here are a few other salads you might like:

Chicken Salad

Potato Salad

Arugula Salad


bulgar salad with cherry tomatoes and diced cucumber in a decorative bowl
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5 from 30 votes

Bulgar Salad

This vegan friendly bulgar salad makes for the most refreshing and flavorful side dish!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Arabic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: bulgar, bulgar salad, cracked wheat, Fufus Kitchen, salad recipes, summer dish, vegan recipes, vegetarian recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Heifa


  • 1 cup Coarse Bulgar (cracked wheat) #3 on packaging
  • 1 Bouillon Cube or 1 tbsp bouillon powder
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder optional but adds great flavor


  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes or 2 large tomatoes chopped halved
  • 1 Cucumber chopped
  • 1/2 Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 cup Cilantro or parsley chopped
  • 1/2 Red onion chopped


  • 4 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon's Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Dried Mint optional


  • In a pot, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of bulgar. Add the curry, bouillon, and tomato paste. Stir together. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes until bulgar is cooked through.
  • In the meantime, add all the chopped vegetables to the serving bowl. Also, add the ingreidents for the dressing in the same bowl. Stir together well.
  • Once bulgar is cooked, add it to the salad and mix with all the flavors. Taste to see if it needs any more seasoning. Place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour before servings. The longer the flavors sit together the more delicious this slaad is!
  • If there are any leftovers, store in an airtight container and place in the fridge to enjoy for a week's time.

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  1. 5 stars
    I never knew I could enjoy burghul cold in a salad till I found this recipe! it is so so good and my husband was obsessed! all the flavors came together so well! loved it!

    1. 5 stars
      I’ve made this salad twice now in the last week. So filling and healthy and easy to make. It’s my new favorite salad!

      1. 5 stars
        I made this burghul salad today and it’s so delicious! The ingredients are healthy and work so well together. It’s addictive and can’t stop eating it! Great as a side dish especially with bbq!

      2. 5 stars
        Just made this salad and I’m in love!! The medley of flavors and colors in this salad make it very refreshing! Paired it with grilled steak and chicken for the perfect meal.
        Thank you for making the recipe so easy to follow and quick to prepare. This salad will definitely be a staple in my home from now on; everyone loved it!

      3. 5 stars
        I love love this salad! It’s so easy and quick to make. Made it in the summer for our family BBQs and everybody loved it!

    2. 5 stars
      This salad is so unique and unlike anything I’ve ever had! Absolutely love it. It’s sweet, tangy, and perfect!

  2. I made this recipe today and the whole family loved it!!! It’s so fresh and tasty and sooooo easy to make. It took me 20 mins total to put the whole thing together. Definitely something I’m going to make again!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this bulgar salad for my parents and they loved it! Very easy to make and absolutely delicious. Making it again tonight and will double to recipe because it was gone so quick the first time.

  4. 5 stars
    In one week, I’ve made this salad twice, it’s so so so good! Absolutely delicious and perfect for the summer! Goes well as a side or with BBQ – easy to prep and hearty and filling!

    1. 5 stars
      Everyone needs to try this recipe! It’s so good I can’t even explain it, it’s so refreshing yet warm to your soul, I just love it so much I have to say it’s become one of my favorite things to eat!

  5. 5 stars
    Another excellent recipe! Not a big bulgur fan but really enjoyed this salad cold- the flavors and textures were so delicious. And it was a perfect side dish to our barba que. Will definitely add this to the rotation.

  6. 5 stars
    I made the bulgar salad for the first time today, and it was a hit! It delicious and so flavorful! I will be making this again for sure! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes, they have been such a lifesaver for quick dinner options!

  7. Made this today.. still can’t believe how delicious it was. The flavor combo is awesome! Thanks so much Fufu. Another amazing recipe. ♥️

  8. 5 stars
    This salad is fast becoming a staple for the summer!! I love to substitute cauliflower rice for the bulgur for a lower carb option!! But I keep everything else the same!! Thanks so much for the recipe Haifa

  9. 5 stars
    This was SO so delicious and easy to make, can’t stop eating it!
    Perfect for summer and it’s super versatile, quick and easy to make.
    Thank you Heifa! Xxx

    1. 5 stars
      Everyone needs to try and make this recipe it’s so refreshing and easy to make! I never knew bulgar could be so good. Wow amazing recipe!!

  10. 5 stars
    We loved this delicious burgul salad as a side to our grilled chicken kabobs. It was so refreshing and surprisingly flavorful. I wasn’t sure about cold burgul but it was a hit! I even enjoyed it the next day! Thanks Fufu!

  11. I needed a side dish for a seafood dinner that I was making and I immediately remembered a burghul salad you made when you featured on watchmecook2day. By far the best salad I have ever tried and I will be making it again and again! We absolutely loved it! It was amazing and so are you! Thank you for sharing your recipes with us!

  12. 5 stars
    My husband and kids loved this. I’m glad I made extra so I can eat it for the next couple of days. Very colorful and yummy and healthy 😋
    I have tried a couple of your recipes and absolutely loved them all.
    You’re definitely my new favorite food blogger ☺️

  13. 5 stars
    I try to switch up my salads in Ramadan and made this quickly when we BBQ’d….the flavors, texture and omg the taste was to die for. I will be making this again, and again, and again!

      1. 5 stars
        This recipe is absolutely delicious! So fresh, yummy, and healthy. An awesome pair to any protein! It comes together really quickly as well.

  14. 5 stars
    This was truly one of the most delicious recipes I’ve ever made. I’m trying to better myself by incorporating more healthy meals into my diet. I was apprehensive but this bulgar salad was just what I needed to prove that healthy does not mean having to compromise on taste and flavour! I am obsessed with this salad and have shared it with several friends who have also made it; and are equally obsessed. Thank you infinitely for creating this!

  15. 5 stars
    I need the salad a few times and it’s been a big hit! So delicious and very healthy. I feel like it goes well with pretty much anything you make. Thank You Fufu!!

  16. 5 stars
    This salad is one of the bests I have tried. The combination of the ingredients is amazing and it all tastes great! This salad now became a side to many of main dishes such as bbq in our house. Thank you for such an amazing recipe!

  17. 5 stars
    Thank God i found youou have very delicious and easy to make recipes, which i love, because i don’t have many time for cooking after a long working day.
    I made the bulgar salad and my boyfriend was blown away!! 🙂
    thank you for your sharing your amazing recipes 💗 i wished i would live near to you, so i could take cooking sessions.

  18. 5 stars
    My new favorite salad! Pairs very well with bbq and a great replacement for rice when you don’t feel like a heavy meal. Absolutely delicious!

  19. 5 stars
    hello haifa,
    tried it yesterday, loved it. so many flavors. thank you so much for all those yummy recipes.

  20. This was insanely delicious. We all loved it, however my father wouldn’t stop talking about it for days until I made it again lol

  21. 5 stars
    Such a great, filling and flavorful salad. Every time I make it, I get compliments. It’s easy to omit or add your vegetables of preference and it still works great! Always in rotation when having guests over or going somewhere.

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