Big (Almost) Fat-Free Greek Bulgur Salad

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Why hello.

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you’re never quite sure what day it is? For example, every day this week I have thought it was actually the next day. I was positive it was Wednesday on Tuesday. I did my Thursday gym routine on Wednesday (yes, I have different activities for each day of the week, don’t judge!), and worst of all…I got to work today thinking it was Friday. There aren’t many things worse than thinking, believing, feeling, that it’s Friday and then coming to the harsh realization that it is in fact, not.

 

Green Bulgur Salad
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But, I suppose I’ll make it through. Mostly with the help of this salad for lunch!

I really like Greek Salad. What I don’t like is how salad leaves get soggy. You see, as much as I’d love to have time to make something for lunch each morning, I jut don’t. Between the gym and the blow-dryer, I’m barely running out the door in time. So it really helps to make a big batch of something delicious and nutritious that I can easily grab on my way out the door.

This salad has all the goodness of Greek salad in every bite, plus the soggy-free and protein- and fiber-packed benefit of bulgur. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Another plus, this is one of those things that actually gets better after a day in the fridge. Not too shabby for a grab and go lunch! It’s packed with veggies, so you won’t have the dreaded after lunch can’t keep your eyes open feeling.
If you’re one of those people (like my husband!) who just can’t bring themselves to pack a lunch, this is a delicious side dish to some lemon chicken or a seared steak. It would also be great with some shredded chicken added for a wholesome one-bowl meal.
Enjoy!

Greek Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bulgur, uncooked
  • 1/2 english cucumber, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fat-free feta cheese
  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

Instructions

  1. Cook bulgur according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine chopped and halved vegetables in a large bowl. Stir in bulgur.
  3. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over salad.
  4. Top with feta and toss well.

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