Bulgur and salmon salad

July 11, 2011  •  Category:


Do you know that you don’t even have to cook bulgur?

I just poured boiling water over a cup of bulgur and let nature takes its course; an hour later, when my neighbor was at the door and (I remembered I had promised her a healthy meal), I drained it,  made the salad in a jiffy while she and I were chatting about the latest neighborhood gossip.

INGREDIENTS: 4 servings

  • 1 cup of coarse bulgur (#3 or #4, preferably unbleached)
  • 1 cooked salmon steak or 2 cans of salmon
  • 1 cup of cooked chick-peas
  • 3 ribs of celery or fennel
  • Juice of one or two limes or lemons, to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed in a mortar with a teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of minced dill or any other herb
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil


  1. Place the bulgur in a bowl and pour two cups of boiling water over it; let it soak it up and cool, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Shred the salmon and transfer to the salad bowl. Mash the garlic and mix with the lemon or lime juice and the olive oil.
  3. Mince the celery ribs or fennel ribs and add to the salad bowl. Add the minced dill.
  4. Drain the bulgur and add to the salad bowl. Pour the dressing, toss it with all the salad ingredients, taste and serve.


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  1. Fig & Cherry says:

    Oh I love this! My hubby hates celery and fennel so I might substitute green beans or cucumber. Yum!

  2. Rosa says:

    A lovely combination! Delicious and healthy.



  3. Meeta says:

    What I often make is grilled salmon steaks and make the bulgur or couscous salad separately often using roasted veggies in it. But this is great!

  4. Maria @ Scandifoodie says:

    This is a delicious salad, I love the flavours!

  5. MyLittleExpatKitchen says:

    I love bulgur and what a beautiful idea to pair it with the salmon Joumana. These summer salads are the best!

  6. Joanne says:

    I definitely love how easy bulgur is to prepare, and how good it is for you! This sounds like a great lunch salad!

  7. Mark Wisecarver says:

    Yum 🙂
    I have always loved Bulgur blessed with Olive oil. (Yes it’s a blessing)
    This recipe would also be delicious if Olive oil is mixed with the Bulgur before mixing with the other ingredients. Lovely.

  8. Jamie says:

    So it sounds like it is prepared like couscous semoule. Perfect! And what a great salad – which I have been looking for to change a bit from the same old same old.

  9. Caffettiera says:

    I really wish I was your neighbour 🙂 Great summer salad.

  10. Maya@Foodiva's Kitch says:

    I always boil my bulgur because I didn’t know any better, so yours is a great tip. This salad combination looks wonderful and I imagine how flavorful it must be!

  11. TheKitchenWitch says:

    Looks and sounds delicious, and healthy to boot!

  12. Sonia Rumzi says:

    That sounds so amazing! Yum!

  13. Barbara says:

    No, I didn’t know that. Going to try it. Great salad, Joumana.

  14. Peter says:

    Joumana, you’re the queen of quick…an elegant! No one would know that you whipped this darling dish in little time, bravo.

  15. Kathy says:

    This looks so lovely…I love bulgur in just about anything!

  16. betty says:

    this looks delicious:)

  17. Obesebaby says:

    thanks for the tips about soaking the bulgur. that really helps!

  18. Lorraine @ Not Quite says:

    I love these types of salads-easy on the cook and good for the diners too! 😀

  19. Nuts about food says:

    This piece of advice hits the spot. I recently bought a bag of bulgur and was wondering what to do with it. Nice to know you can make it without involving cooking.

  20. Doc says:

    Once again you impress with your ability to use healthy whole grains like bulgur AND create absolutely delicious meals. I love the bread and am looking to get that book-do you recommend it?

    • Joumana says:

      @Doc: I am planning to review Maria’s book so I am waiting to try at least 5 recipes; but based on the floating loaf, so far, I don’t regret acquiring it! It is a smashing recipe, and only took a few minutes of prep.

  21. Suman Singh says:

    this salad looks so refreshing and delicious for these hot days.

  22. Devaki says:

    I would love to be invited by you for a quick sinner – gossip optional 🙂 you did not cook the bulghar makes me want to dance! Infinite possibilities with all these fresh flavors.


    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  23. domi says:

    Bonjour Joumana, cette salade est bien gourmande et rafraîchissante….

  24. Lyndsey says:

    A very nice healthy salad. I must admit when I make my tabouleh salad I like to use a lot of bulgar. I am going to try it this way too, I love the flavors you have going on here!

  25. Vickie H. says:

    This looks so delicious and right up our flavor alley. Can’t wait to try it!

  26. weirdcombos says:

    This is so refreshing and bright Joumana! Bulgur is incredibly versatile.

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