Burghul Salad

Burghul Salad


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A variation on the classic Middle Eastern salad, tabouli, this delicious dish makes a healthy light lunch or supper.

Zoë Harpham

Serves: 4 

  • heaped 3/4 cup burghul
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 telegraph cucumber, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • sprig of fresh mint to garnish
  • Dressing
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1min  ›  Ready in:31min 

  1. Tip the burghul into a heatproof bowl, pour in 300 ml of boiling water, cover and leave to soak for 20 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed. Tip into a sieve to drain off any excess water.
  2. Scald the tomatoes in a bowl of boiling water for 30 seconds, drain, then refresh under cold running water. Peel off the skins, then scoop out the seeds and dice the flesh.
  3. Mix the tomato flesh with the cucumber and carrot. Rub the burghul between your fingers to separate the grains, add to the vegetables with the herbs and toss together. Sprinkle with the lemon juice.
  4. To make the dressing, put the oil, vinegar, garlic and seasoning into a screw-top jar and shake well. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours before serving. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

cook's tips

• Burghul is cooked, dried and crushed wheat kernels. If you don't have any burghul, you can replace it with an equal amount of couscous. Cook according to the packet instructions.
• If you like, add a few sliced spring onions and a little crumbled fetta to the salad.

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Reviews (2)


Altered ingredient amounts. I added some finely chopped red capsicum and celery too. - 05 Jun 2009


Burghul is a very new ingredient for me and I didn't know if I'd like it or not but it was pretty nice actually and filling too. This salad would go well with Lebanese style lamb chops. - 05 Jun 2009

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