Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bulgur with Dried Cranberries

This recipe is similar to tabbouleh, but with cranberries instead of tomatoes.  Even though similar, it has a quite different taste, and much as I love tabbouleh, I think I prefer this--delicious!!  Really easy, too.  (By the way, I ended up making a huge batch of green enchilada sauce with the green tomatoes--enough to last all winter.  I still have a lot of tomatoes left, but they are ripening nicely, left in a brown paper grocery sack.  Let me know if you'd like me to post the sauce recipe.)

Bulgur with Dried Cranberries
adapted from Cooking Light, November 2009
about 8 servings

1 cup coarse-ground bulgur
half of an English cucumber, cut in 1/4" dice
1 c. dried cranberries
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 t. grated lemon rind
1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
ca. 3 T. olive oil [original recipe called for 1/3 c., but this amount was fine—I measured 1/3 cup of lemon juice into a glass measuring cup, and then filled to 1/2 c. with oil, which is a little less than 3 T. olive oil]
salt and pepper to taste

Put bulgur in a large boil.  Cover with 2 cups boiling water.  Cover the bowl and let stand 30 minutes.  Liquid should be absorbed—can drain off any that's not.  Fluff with a fork.  Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

Stats for a 1 cup serving, if using 1/3 c. olive oil:
Calories: 197
Fat 9.6
Fiber 4.7 g
Calc 27 mg


  1. Sounds delicious. I just bought a box of quinoa; do you think I can substitute quinoa for bulgur?


  2. This was delicious! My variations were: quinoa instead of bulgur; lime juice instead of lemon juice (because I didn't have a juicer but did have an open bottle of lime juice); and finely minced lemon peel (because I didn't have a grater).

    With the quinoa, the recipe made 4 cups. Since I consider "1 cup" the appropriate size portion for myself, I would call this a "4 servings" recipe. The 1 cup portion calculated out to 9 WeightWatchers Plus points. To reduce the points, I will probably try this with half the dried cranberries next time.

    Meanwhile, Safeway in Arizona is having a "Buy 2 Get One Free" sale on OceanSpray Craisins in the 5 oz size. Perfect timing!