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Bulgur Salad with Arugula, Pomegranate Seeds and Toasted Pecans

Posted Sep 22 2011 12:00am
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday!


I am playing a little catch-up right now.  It is hard to get everything done on Wednesdays due to our schedule and with the addition of back-to-school night I just did not get around to blogging but.... I do have a wonderful salad to share with you.    This salad is a winner and the best part is that is super simple and loaded with fantastic, "good for you," ingredients.

Now I must give credit where credit is due and I found this recipe on the Whole Foods website.  I did tweak it just a bit due the ingredients on hand but I HIGHLY recommend giving this salad a try!


Bulgur Salad with Arugula, Pomegranate Seeds and Toasted Pecans

 recipe adapted from Whole Foods website

Serves 4

Pomegranate seeds add beautiful color and juicy flavor to this simple grain salad balanced with peppery arugula and crunchy bits of celery.

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked bulgur wheat
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup pecans
3 cups packed baby arugula
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Dressed with1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
sea salt & pepper, to taste

Method

In a large bowl, combine bulgur and water, cover and set aside until water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pecan on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle, and then chop them.

Whisk together dressing and set aside.

Stir arugula, pomegranate seeds, celery and pecans into bulgur.  Pour dressing on top and stir until combined.  Add goat cheese and gently toss. Serve.
Delish!

For all of my vegan friends out there, you could easily omit the goat cheese and it would be just as delicious.  I wanted to add a little creaminess to the dish and had goat cheese on hand but thought twice about putting it in the salad. We are off to Taekwondo and then I am on to back-to-school night # 2.  I am excited because tomorrow is my day off and I hope to fill it with exercise, good eats and a little rest and relaxation.

Have a great evening!



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