Healthy Grain Salad With Bulgur and Chickpeas
We had some family over for a BBQ on the weekend and I needed some sides to go with BBQ chicken. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate some healthy eats, especially in the grain department. I've always loved tabbouleh. It a very refreshing Mediterranean salad with lots of parsley and bulgur. I happen to have some bulgur on hand but I thought the vast green of the dish can deter some folk from even trying tabbouleh and well it's a bit early in the season for my fresh parsley and mint. Then I recalled my Chickpea Dill recipe and thought that they could work well together.
Well, I'm happy to say they did and I quite like the texture of the bulgur and the fullness of the chickpea together. I stuck with the other key elements that are great in the tabbouleh like tomatoes, garlic and cucumber. I still added parsley too just not a mountain of it. I decided to go with scallions because I'm loving them lately as my go to fresh onion.
The salad was easy to make, fresh, full of colour and most importantly pretty darn healthy. If you are looking to try bulgur, this is a great way to get a taste of it without over doing it. It is a great recipe to take for potlucks too and leftovers, if any, keep for a few days. There is also a bit more structure with the chickpeas which helps when there is leftovers. Of course this salad can be a great side with just a portion of meat. Or a decent size bowl can easily satisfy you as a main for lunch. Either way I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.