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Citrus Bulgur Salad with California Dried Plums

Citrus Bulgur Salad with California Dried PlumsBulgur has all the benefits of whole wheat, but it’s pre-cooked so you can put together a delicious and healthy bulgur salad in minutes. California Dried Plums, oranges and loads of fresh herbs add even more nutritional benefits to this delicious and easy to prepare salad.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Serves: 8
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bulgur
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup pitted California Dried Plums, quartered
  • 1 cup orange sections (about 3-4 oranges)
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts

Directions
In a large bowl, combine bulgur, water and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Let bulgur sit, covered, 20 to 25 minutes or until water is absorbed.
In a blender or food processor, blend orange juice, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, honey, mustard, orange zest, cumin, salt, pepper and cinnamon. With blender running, slowly add oil until emulsified. Combine dressing, bulgur, dried plums, orange sections, mint, parsley, cilantro and green onions and fold together. Refrigerate, covered. Just before serving, fold in pistachios.
Note: Bulgur is made by parboiling, drying and coarsely grinding or cracking wheat berries. Don’t confuse bulgur with cracked wheat, which is simply that—cracked wheat. Since the parboiling step is skipped, cracked wheat must be cooked for up to an hour whereas bulgur simply needs a quick soak in hot water for most uses. Look for it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or near other grains.

 

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