Today’s recipe is for whole grain bulgur and red quinoa salad which is perfect to make in a big batch for lunch during the week. I had been buying this pre-made from the deli at my grocery store but decided to try making some myself to keep the price down. It is actually a really easy salad to make, I just had to figure out ratios when I tried to duplicate it. This salad is both delicious and pretty darn healthy all at the same time. Whole grains are important for our bodies and I love many of them served in a cold salad like this. You could change up the bulgur and the red quinoa for any other grains you like as well since they all take on flavors very well in salads.
This recipe also allows you to add or remove other ingredients easily. So if you do not like cilantro, instead try flat-leaf parsley, if you don’t care for cucumbers just leave them out. The dressing can easily be changed to something else as well, but you should really try it as-is to start with and then adjust to your tastes. Other great things to add to this salad might be some feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red onion, edamame, pine nuts, or cherry tomatoes. Look what you have on hand and toss it in!
As I said, this will hold for several days in the refrigerator. Make a larger batch of it on the weekend and you can even divide it up into smaller portion containers and have it all set to take to work each day for lunch. If you have things like leftover chicken during the week you could add some of that to this salad the next day also. Lettuce wraps filled with this bulgur and red quinoa salad would also be a nice twist to change it up during the week. Pair it with a sandwich as well if you want something a bit heartier. For your next pot luck this would be a great salad to make ahead and bring to share with everyone. Don’t forget to write a small note with the ingredients if sharing at a gathering so those with special diets and allergies know what they are getting.
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