Last year I made a pomegranate tabbouleh salad which I really enjoyed for its lightness and freshness. Shortly after writing about it, Janet from Taste Space let me know about a similar pomegranate bulgur salad that also sounded good. Unfortunately I was missing one of the key ingredients, the aleppo pepper, so I decided to hold off on making it. I recently came across some aleppo pepper and I picked it up immediately! It was the perfect time to try the light and healthy sounding pomegranate bulgur salad. I kept the recipe pretty much as it was, though I could not resist adding feta for some saltiness and honey for some sweetness to balance out the tartness from the pomegranate and lemon. I was quite pleased with the results! The salad has an amazing freshness brought by the lemon and mint and there in a nice blend of flavours and textures. I also like the balance of sweetness, spiciness, tartness and saltiness. As good as the salad was the first day, the leftovers were even better. The flavours had more of a chance to come out and the heat from the aleppo pepper was definitely stronger the next day. I will definitely be making this salad again and I think that next time I might add some roasted eggplant.
Pomegranate and Roasted Tomato Bulgur Salad
- 2 cup water
- 1 cup bulgur
- 1 pint grape tomatoes (cut in half)
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup feta
- 1/4 cup almond slivers (toasted)
- 1 lemon (zest)
- 1 handful mint (chopped)
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon aleppo pepper flakes
- Bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat, mix in the bulgur and let sit, covered for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the grape tomatoes on a baking sheet with the cut side up and broil until softened, about 6-8 minutes.
- Mix the bulgur, tomatoes, chickpeas, pomegranate seeds, feta, almond slivers, lemon zest, mint, and salt in a large bowl.
- Mix the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, oil and pepper flakes in a small bowl.
- Toss the salad in the dressing to coat.
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Blog is the New Black says
Anything with pom is my fav!
Mama J says
This is one seriously delicious looking salad. I can't wait to try it!
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat says
What a great recipe! I'm all about bulgar these days. I just may have to try this!
I am so glad you liked the salad, Kevin. 🙂 The feta sounds like a wonderful addition, as well as possibly eggplant. 🙂
I can't find Aleppo pepper in my area, but I have heard that the overall taste is somewhat like a cross between Cayenne and sweet Paprika. Would a mixture of these be a suitable substitute do you think?
Susan @ SGCC says
What a gorgeous salad! Love all those beautiful, bright colors.
Chloe Snacks says
This looks great! Exactly what i need after the heavy food overload from the holidays!
The Girlie Blog says
Colorful and delicious! Looks like a winning dish!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Beautiful, healthy and delicious!
Sanjeeta kk says
Wow! The salad looks so colorful & healthy. Am going to try it for my current event "Wholewheat for breakfast" on my site. Thanks for the recipe.
Hmm, that looks so delicious. And gorgeous too – what color!
Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) says
So colourful and virtuous. Perfect for a dreary January day
I love the fresh flavors in this salad! It jives perfectly with my get healthy new year's resolution!
What a gorgeous salad, love all the bright colors, especially now that it's winter. Nice fresh flavors with a kick from the aleppo pepper. Will definitely had to try this!
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jose manuel says
Un plato muy interesante, me encanta el bulgur.
Becky at VintageMixer says
This looks amazing and perfect for this time of year!
Daniel: This salad would still be great with the cayenne and sweet paprika substitution for the aleppo pepper.
Lot's of great flavors going on in this salad Kevin. Happy New Year!