Bulgur & Butter Bean Salad


The pleasantly sweet-and-sour pomegranate molasses in the tangy vinaigrette here is made by reducing pomegranate juice into a syrup. Look for it at well-stocked grocery stores and Middle Eastern markets.

Bulgur & Butter Bean Salad with Pomegranate Molasses Vinaigrette
Photo: Eva Kolenko
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins


  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 cup bulgur

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses or balsamic glaze

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced

  • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added butter beans, rinsed

  • ½ medium English cucumber, halved and diced

  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided

  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint, divided


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in bulgur and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, pomegranate molasses (or balsamic glaze), pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Stir in shallot. Add the bulgur, tomatoes, beans, cucumber, 3/4 cup parsley and 1/4 cup mint and stir to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 1 day.

  3. Serve at room temperature topped with the remaining 1/4 cup each mint and parsley.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
7g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 3/4 cup
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 1190IU 24%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Potassium 439mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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