Healthy Bulgur Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious side dish recipes with bulgur, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Rating: 3.86 stars
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The EatingWell Test Kitchen takes lean ground beef and combines it with whole-grain bulgur, egg noodles and a creamy tomato sauce in a baked casserole topped with Cheddar. With less fat and calories than the original skillet meal, this dish is sure to become a new family favorite.

Parsley Tabbouleh

Rating: 4 stars
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Serve this tart, parsley-dominated tabbouleh at your next backyard gathering.

Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars
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This tabbouleh recipe with chickpeas has lots of parsley, mint, tomatoes and cucumbers. Toasting brings out the flavor in the cumin, and cinnamon adds a subtle depth to the flavors. Bring this tabbouleh recipe as a side to a party or serve as a one-dish supper for 6 instead of 8.

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.
By Alanna Lipson

Fresh Herb & Lemon Bulgur Pilaf

Rating: 4.8 stars
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This pilaf, made with nutty bulgur, gets plenty of bright flavor from fresh dill, mint, parsley, ginger and lemon.

Tabbouleh with Grilled Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars
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Grilled vegetables add a layer of rich, complex flavors to the popular Middle Eastern salad of bulgur and herbs. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread or use as a sandwich filling.

Kinche (Cracked Wheat)

This Ethiopian buttery grain porridge recipe is often served for breakfast, but you can also top it with other dishes like messer wot (spiced lentils) or gomen (Ethiopian-spiced collards) for lunch or dinner and eat it in place of the traditional flatbread, injera.

Eggplant Bulgur Pilaf

Rating: 4.25 stars
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One of the most important dishes at a Turkish table, this simple pilaf recipe features a combination of eggplant and bulgur. It is often an accompaniment to meat or chicken.

Moroccan Bulgur & Pork Casserole

Rating: 3.2 stars
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Fragrant with North African spices and made hearty with chunks of lean pork, this bulgur pilaf casserole recipe is ready to go in the oven in just 25 minutes. Vary the dish by substituting shrimp, Pacific cod fillets or chunks of boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the pork.

Bulgur with Ginger & Orange

Rating: 4 stars
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Bulgur is ubiquitous in Middle Eastern cooking but also pairs deliciously with Asian seasonings. This simple side dish is perfect with beef, lamb or poultry. For variations, substitute toasted sesame seeds for the almonds, or carrot juice (it is surprisingly good and certainly nutritious) for orange juice.

Mustard Greens & Bulgur

Rating: 4.5 stars
4
Pungent mustard greens beg for other strong flavors for balance. Here walnut oil, walnuts, dates, bulgur and white-wine vinegar do the trick.

Chickpea & Bulgur Stuffed Grape Leaves

Think hummus meets tabbouleh in these vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, bursting with chickpeas, parsley and bulgur tied together with a lemony, garlicky sauce. The grape leaves will seem soft when just finished cooking, but will firm up as they cool. We prefer these at room temperature or cold--perfect for bringing to work for lunch.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Asparagus Tabbouleh

Rating: Unrated
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Asparagus and pomegranate seeds are a fun addition to this easy tabbouleh recipe. Serve this healthy whole-grain side with chicken kebabs, tzatziki and pita bread for a Middle Eastern-inspired dinner.

Bulgur Salad with Asian Accents

Asian flavors like soy, ginger and sesame are a nice complement to nutty bulgur in this quick grain salad. Peppery radish sprouts are a tasty garnish.

Cilantro Tabbouleh with Cranberries

Kick up the fiber in your diet with the chewy bulgur in this fresh side dish salad. Serve the diabetic-friendly salad on its own or with beef, pork, or chicken.