Bulgur Wheat Salad with Caramelized Pears and Sweet Potatoes

17 Oct

The concept of including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables into our diets has gained momentum resulting in easily accessible whole grains in supermarkets.  Some of these include farro, buckwheat, quinoa, and bulgur wheat.  Whole grains have crept into home pantries and find their way into baked goods, soups, stews, casseroles, etc.  A little bit of imagination and creativity can end up in a beautiful meal that is light, nutritious, and beautiful too, making you want to dig in even if you hate bulgur wheat (in this case).

I recently used up a solitary sweet potato and a pear to create this salad.  I wasn’t planning this salad at all, until I started caramelizing the boiled sweet potato. I thought it would be great in a couscous salad, but decided to go with bulgur.  Its sturdiness stood up to the sweet caramelized goodness and I had leftovers for lunch the next day.  Hope you will enjoy it…..

Ingredients I used:
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, and cut into chunks
1 pear, peeled and diced into small cubes
1/2 cup bulgur wheat
1 cup hot water
1 small chilli, finely minced (optional)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tbsp butter
Salt to taste

A few simple steps and you are done:

  1. Soak the bulgur wheat in one cup hot water, close the pan, and set aside.
  2. Boil the sweet potato chunks and dice it.
  3. Heat a medium skillet and add butter, diced pears, and sweet potato.  Add minced chilli and salt.
  4. Continue cooking until the pears and sweet potatoes begin to caramelize and look yummy….
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. Uncover the bulgur wheat and fluff with a fork.  Add a pinch of salt and mix well.
  7. Toss the caramelized goodness into the bulgur and toss gently – do not mash up the lovely brown diced pears.
  8. Sprinkle with lemon juice and chopped cilantro.  Enjoy warm or at room temperature.


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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Recipes, Vegetarian


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