Saffron Bulgur Bowl

Saffron Bulgur Bowl combines the healthy grains of bulgur wheat in a savory salad with chicken and lettuce for a wholesome bowl meal.
Saffron Bulgur Bowl

Saffron Bulgur Bowl

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Saffron Bulgur Bowl is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Sunday Funday. We group together each Sunday to share recipes on common topics. This week we are doing bowls of various types.

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Saffron Bulgur Bowl

I chose to do a saffron bulgur bowl with chicken and lettuce. You could also do this with vegetarian chicken cutlets and rice or any combination.

The best bowls for me include some kind of grain along with other things you can stir in, such as rice or beans. I filled out my little triangle of food with lettuce to keep it light. Drizzle the lettuce if you want with some dressing or use the extra marinade from the artichokes. If you like to keep it all separate.

Or you can chop up the chicken and stir it up like a tossed salad. Very casual, as bowls are.

Another option is to just serve the bulgur salad as a side salad (as you might bean salad) or place the bulgur in a wrap for a simple sandwich. I enjoyed this all these ways.

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Saffron Bulgur Bowl

Saffron Bulgur Bowl

Sue Lau
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 3145 kcal


Saffron Bulgur:

  • 1-1/2 cups quick cooking bulgur
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads

Stir Ins:

  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup diced pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 6 Greek pepperoncini peppers sliced
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

Bulgur Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Optional Bowl Adds:

  • 6 cups chopped lettuce or 6 cups streamed rice
  • 6 breaded chicken strips or vegetarian chicken strips (quorn chiquin cutlets)


  • Bring water, saffron and salt to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add bulgur and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat; place cloth between pan and lid and then let it rest off the heat for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in all the add-ins, then toss with dressing.
  • For bowls, serve bulgur salad with either lettuce or rice as well as chicken strips or meatless cutlets.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 3145kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 254gFat: 217gSaturated Fat: 62gPolyunsaturated Fat: 44gMonounsaturated Fat: 92gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1019mgSodium: 2069mgPotassium: 2848mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 2711IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 283mgIron: 13mg
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