This is one of my wife’s grain salads. She made some modification and added edamame. This is a nice salad which can be served as a snack. Bulgur wheat is the hulled kernel of wheat which has been parboiled and then dried. It cooks rather quickly and has a nice texture.
One of her secrets is to roast the bulgur wheat in the toaster oven. It adds a nice roasted flavor.
The dressing is simple. Finely chopped fresh mint really adds a fresh taste.
1 cup Bulgur wheat
1/1/2 cup chicken broth
Walnuts (toasted with the brown skin rubbed off using a dish towel
Sweet onion (red or Vidalia)
Rice vinegar/lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Toast the bulgar wheat in the toaster oven until it turns dark brown and exudes to sweet almost honey like aroma. Remove from the toaster oven and rinse in cold water. (At this point the wheat may be smoking a bit and steam will rise as it is rinsed). Put the chicken broth into a pan and bring to a boil. Add the rinsed bulgar wheat, put on the lid and remove from heat . Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Use a fork to fluff up the grains. If there is some liquid left drain the wheat and let it cool down.
Once the wheat has cooled add the other ingredients basically to taste. For example, add as much mint as tastes good.
This is a very nutty flavorful salad. The toasting adds a bit of sweetness.