Healthy Bulgur Side Dish Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Parsley Tabbouleh

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Serve this tart, parsley-dominated tabbouleh at your next backyard gathering.
By Jessie Price

Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 14
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Fresh Herb & Lemon Bulgur Pilaf

Rating: 5 stars 5
This pilaf, made with nutty bulgur, gets plenty of bright flavor from fresh dill, mint, parsley, ginger and lemon.
By Marie Simmons

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

Asparagus Tabbouleh

Rating: 4 stars 1
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.
By Michael Solomonov

Tabbouleh with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars 2
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.
By Anna Thomas

Tabbouleh with Grilled Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 1
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.
By Beth-Ann Bove

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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Moroccan Bulgur & Pork Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
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.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Eggplant Bulgur Pilaf

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
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.
By Sheilah Kaufman

Mustard Greens & Bulgur

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Pungent mustard greens beg for other strong flavors for balance. Here walnut oil, walnuts, dates, bulgur and white-wine vinegar do the trick.
By Carolyn Malcoun

Bulgur with Ginger & Orange

Rating: 3 stars 2
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.
By Patsy Jamieson

Inspiration and Ideas

Watercress & Citrus Tabbouleh
In this twist on a classic Middle Eastern tabbouleh recipe, we add juicy citrus, peppery watercress and cool, crunchy cucumber. Serve with grilled chicken or lamb kebabs, pita and tzatziki.
Tabbouleh With Edamame and Feta
This healthy Mediterranean salad makes a great vegetarian main dish. Or you could serve smaller portions as a side dish with grilled chicken, beef, or pork.
Red Lentil Salad with Dried Fruit & Toasted Pine Nuts
Rating: 5 stars 1

Quick-cooking red lentils and bulgur team up to make this hearty fiber-rich salad. Tart lemon juice plays against the sweet flavors of dried fruits, mint and cinnamon for a distinctive Middle Eastern flair; serve alongside grilled lamb or chicken.