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Course: Sides & Salads
Keyword: bulgur

Gazpacho Bulgur Bowl

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes
This recipe originated in a Good Eats episode from 2003 called "Ill Gotten Grain." I seem to remember (20 years ago) that it worked out just fine, but I tried it again recently and...no. So we started reloading it and when we got the flavor right, the liquid was still way off; it ate more like a tabouleh than a soup. But the more I ate it, the more I liked it so, what was once a summery soup has transitioned into a summery salad. Also, I do believe cooking this in the microwave produces a superior texture.
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (1 cup)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced (1 cup)
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced (3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes


  • Combine the water, tomato puree, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt in a large microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave on high power for 7 minutes, or until liquid comes to a boil. Stir the bulgur into the water mixture and cook another 3 minutes on high.
  • Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave, cover tightly with plastic wrap, then park on the countertop for 15 minutes. Then, remove the plastic wrap, fluff the bulgur with a fork and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the garlic, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, hot sauce, vinegar, and the remaining salt into the bulgur with a large spoon or silicone spatula, then fold in the cilantro and mint. Cover and cool to room temperature before serving. (To store, tightly cover and refrigerate for up to a week. Bring to room temp to serve.)
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