If you need a little Mediterranean sunshine in your life try this Winter Tabbouleh.
The original tabbouleh salad is of course made with tomato and cucumber taking center stage but I’ve come to love this Winter version. Sweet potatoes, fennel and arugula take the starring role in this interpretation. There’s so much flavor and texture in every bite, not to mention it’s super duper nutritious.
I used extra course bulgar wheat which was excellent, it stands up really well to the rest of the ingredients. You can find it here.
How do I cook Bulgur Wheat?
- No need to wash it first.
- Place 1 cup of the wheat in a heavy duty saucepan, add 2 cups of cold water, cover with lid.
- Heat to a boil then turn down to a simmer.
- Cook approximately 20 minutes until the water has been absorbed.
- Fluff with a fork and use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
What about the vinaigrette?
There’s something lovely about an orange vinaigrette, it’s sweet, light, tangy and just feels full of sunshine!
As well as the juice and zest of an orange I added:
- apple cider vinegar
- maple syrup
- Dijon mustard
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- good quality fruity olive oil
As with most salads don’t get too hung up on specific ingredients, alternatives could be as follows:
- Try switching butternut or delicata squash for the sweet potato
- Use dried cranberries instead of dried cherries
- Switch your favorite green instead of arugula, such as spinach, kale, romaine, etc
- Use Quinoa or Israeli couscous instead of the bulgur wheat
- Add some walnuts or pecans for some crunch
- Sprinkle over some hemp seeds for extra protein
A hearty Winter Salad with Bulgur Wheat, Root Vegetables and an Orange Vinaigrette.
1 cup bulgur wheat
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
1 drizzle of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 packed cup of arugula
1 large bunch fresh parsley, minced
1 large bunch fresh mint, very finely chopped
1 small – medium fennel bulb, cut into a large dice
3 scallions, sliced
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
For the Orange Vinaigrette:
Juice and zest of an orange
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Approximately 3/4 cup good quality olive oil
Cook the bulgur wheat – instructions above.
Heat the oven to 425F
Place the prepared sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Drizzle very lightly with olive oil and dust with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and ground cumin.
Put the sweet potatoes in the oven and roast for approximately 25 minutes or until tender and slightly charred. Remove from the oven.
Place the prepared arugula, parsley, mint, fennel, scallions and dried cherries in a large salad bowl. Add the cooked bulgur wheat and combine well.
To make the vinaigrette combine all the ingredients except the olive oil, whisk well together then whisk in the olive oil one tablespoon at a time. Taste, taste, taste!!! and add more salt, pepper or olive oil to your liking.
Add the vinaigrette to the salad a couple of tablespoons at a time (you may not need all of it) and toss to combine.
Then add the pomegranate seeds and a few more parsley and mint leaves to garnish.
Serve and enjoy.