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Monday, August 30, 2010

Bulgur Wheat Salad

Bulgur Wheat Salad

i bought bulgur wheat by accident once. again, the health thing, i came across a soaked grain for bread recipe that called for the use of vital wheat gluten. please, don't ask how a college educated person, one with a degree in journalism with an emphasis in english, could mix up vital wheat gluten with bulgur wheat. i also did NOT bring a grocery list with me that day. don't judge me.

needless to say, the end result was a failure of epic proportions. thankfully the experience didn't turn me off from soaking grains and what's more? i discovered that i like bulgur wheat when used for tabbouleh salad.

i think my problem is that despite my education, habit of reading pretty much anything and understanding the English language, i am INCAPABLE of grasping basic (and sometimes, very general) health terminologies when it comes to benefits of certain grains, ingredients, etc. Gluten, Vital Wheat, Flax seed, Omega this, Omega that. and the choices! GOOD LORD, the choices of flour and grains in the supermarket these days. for a decidedly decisive person, i can really hem & haw over different flours in the baking aisle.

so if you find yourself with some bulgur wheat randomly and you don't know what you should do with it, let me make the decision for you. make this salad. it's simple, it's easy and it's good for you. i won't go into the whole benefits thing because let's face it, i'd jack it up anyway.

Bulgur Wheat Salad
(again, approx. measurements here... are you surprised?)

1 cup bulgur wheat flour, cooked (think how you make couscous or rice)
1 good sized tomato, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 ripe avocado, chopped
olive oil
red wine vinegar
salt/pepper to taste

just mix all those ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

told you it was that easy.

recently watched: The Kids Are All Alright.  have you seen it yet?  you should. it's both heartwarming & heartwrenching.  and you know that scene where Annette Bening bites into that heirloom tomato that was grown in Mark Ruffalo's garden?  where just from that passionate chewing you could actually taste the ripeness of the tomato, the sweet-tartness of the flesh and the giving of the skin?  Nuria turned to me and said that sometimes when i eat something oh-so-good, that's exactly how i look & sound.  i took it as a compliment.

this is salad induced such a reaction from me when i took my first bite...