Saturday, 1 November 2014

Bulgur, Date & Clementine Salad

I dug up some recipes I wrote down last year but had yet to get around making. After having been to the BBC Good Food Show last week, I needed something that wasn't too heavy, and I decided to make this really lovely filling warm salad. It turned out to be a treat! Soft bulgur paired with chickpeas and the zing from the lemon and a subtle sweentess from the tangerine - delicious!

PS I used shelled pistachios instead of flaked almonds, but I imagine you can use either, just remember to toast them lightly!

Bulgur, Date & Clementine Salad
(Serves 2)

1/2 cup bulgur wheat
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cumin
3 dates, chopped
Handful fresh parsley, chopped
400g tin chickpeas, drianed and rinsed
1 clementine, peeled and cut into segments
1 handful pistachios, shelled, or flaked almonds
2 handfuls baby spinach, or spinach, roughly torn

1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil

- Start by having the bulgur, water, cumin, allspice and chopped dates in a small pot. Leave to cook for ten minutes, and add a little splash of water more if it goes a little dry. In the meantime - make the dressing and set aside.

- Once the bulgur is cooked, tip in the chickpeas, and parsley and heat through. Once done, take it off the heat and swirl the dressing through it. Set aside and toast your pistachios or almond flakes until golden, this should only take a couple of minutes.

- Have two handfuls of spinach on each plate and divide the bulgur mixture between them, top with the clemetine segments and the toasted pistachios/almonds, and tuck in!

This could definitely be served in a bowl and considered one of those amazingly tasty, healthy and clean super bowls, and should you be on a gluten-free diet, just use quinoa or barley in place of the bulgur and cook as instructed ^ ^

Roque before carving!

What is your favourite warm salad?

Original source:

- Jules


  1. Oooh that looks wonderful! Love the addition of dates, those are fantastic in salad. :)

    1. Cheers June! I found dates and currants odd in savoury dishes before, but now I cannot get enough of it :D Maybe you can whip this one up one day :) x

  2. Ooh, this looks amazing! I have a HUGE list of recipes I have yet to make. I need to go through them. Although I may have to put this on the list as well ;)

    1. Thank you so much Cathleen! I have so many books with recipes I've taken notes of and recipe books, trying to get through them all is so tricky, especially when I have so many blogs that I am reading too. I have to try some more of your recipes :) S'been a while! xx

  3. Mmm dette ser og høres utrolig godt ut. For en deilig kombinasjon!!

    1. Takk Ragnhild, tror du hadde likt denne lune salaten her :D x

  4. This sounds so good! I used up the last of out rice the other day and was planning on buying in some bulgur wheat. This salad is definitely going in my lunchboxes this week! Love the seasonal touch of using clementines too.

    1. Cheers!
      I find that bulgur is so much easier to cook up than rice, and it's ready in 10-15 minutes as well, wholegrain goodness in a flash :D I remember the first time I tried currants and other sweet and fruity things in savoury dishes, only to find that it works a treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :D x