My husband is a bit of a quinoa addict. Don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy a bowl of it here and there, but I also like to mix it up with other grains. Recently I’ve found myself restocking our quinoa and millet supplies weekly, while my sad little jar of bulgur has gone unnoticed. This used to be one of my most frequently cooked grains, and I’m happy to have brought it back this summer.
This salad is a great way to use up summer vegetables, and with the added tofu, becomes a complete meal of veggies, grains, and protein.
Grilled Vegetable Tofu & Bulgur Salad
Ingredients: (serves 6)
- 1.5 cups dry bulgur wheat
- 3 cups water
- 2 medium zucchini squash, diced
- 1 medium yellow summer squash, diced
- 2 cups crimini mushrooms, diced
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Instructions: The key to this salad is cutting everything into a similarly-sized fine dice – makes it much easier to get a little bit in each bite! Chop the squash and mushrooms into small cubes, and sauté over medium high heat until beginning to soften. Or if you have a grill or grill pan, grill in strips and then dice when cooked! Grilling will give a bit of extra smoky flavor.
Meanwhile, cook 1.5 cups dry bulgur wheat with 3 cups water. I cooked mine in my rice cooker, but you can easily cook yours on the stove top. Just simmer (covered) until all water is absorbed and the bulgur is ready to be fluffed.
Once the tofu is browned, add to the bulgur and vegetables. In a small separate bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine.
Let the salad sit for at least ten minutes while the flavors marinate and strengthen. Then, dig in!
If you have leftover grilled vegetables from a cookout, you can skip the sauté step and simply dice them and add to the cooked bulgur. It’s a great way to use up all those delicious summer veggies!
When the weather is warm and the days are long, I don’t always feel like spending a lot time slaving over the stove in the summers. Salads like this are the perfect way to have a quick and easy complete meal in one simple bowl.
Delicious both warm and cold – enjoy!