This Mediterranean Bulgur Salad with Grilled Flank Steak makes for one heck of a healthy and delicious summer meal!
It’s finally time to plant my garden, and I couldn’t be more excited about this! I look forward to this weekend for the entire winter. Yes, I’m aware it’s now mid-May, but we’ve been known to have late frosts here in upstate New York. The first year that my wife and I lived up here, I planted the garden way too early and then I was out there covering the little plants with buckets every evening for the next month. The return of the garden means the return of fresh veggies and grilled dinners on the back porch, too! I recently discovered a love for bulgur, and this Mediterranean Bulgur Salad with Grilled Flank Steak is one of my new favorite summer recipes.
So we moved up north right in the middle of winter a couple of years ago. It was quite an adjustment for this Southern boy. I spent that first year researching all of the different herbs and veggies that I wanted to plant. (I think maybe I missed my calling and should’ve been a farmer.) I discovered a type of kiwi that grows in colder weather, and I’ve now got kiwi vines all down one fence. (They’ve yet to produce fruit, but I read that it could take up to 5 years.)
I also found out that artichokes and asparagus will grow up here. Seriously! I didn’t eat much of either growing up, but I’ve been making up for that in recent years. So, of course I planted a nice row of asparagus seeds next to a row of artichoke seeds. And you know what? They sprouted! Like the kiwi, asparagus apparently take a year or two to get established, so I was ready for year #2. But no asparagus. I saw one or two little shoots come up, but my attempt at growing asparagus failed. Same with the artichokes. Not sure what happened there. On second thought, I do remember seeing the dogs sniffing around that part of the yard a good bit. Hmmm. Who knew my dogs loved artichokes and asparagus? Oh well, I tried!
If you’ve never tried bulgur before, you might be wondering what exactly it is. Well, I had the same questions as you, and Bob’s Red Mill was right there with the answers. (I find their website to be a wealth of knowledge and recipes…so make sure to check it out!) “Bulgur is a nutritional powerhouse” that is common in a lot of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. It’s made from hard red wheat, and it’s cooked in a similar method as rice. I personally like to toast the bulgur in a frying pan for a few minutes to really enhance its’ nutty flavor. It’s a great base for summer salads, and it partners quite well with fresh veggies. This Mediterranean salad is one of my favorite ways to use bulgur, but I’ve also just made a batch of it and topped it with fresh grilled zucchini and squash. It’s one heck of a delicious (and different) grilled meal!
In addition to supplying me with the bulgur for this recipe, the good folks at Bob’s Red Mill were awesome enough to offer a giveaway for Spiced readers, too! One lucky reader will win a bag of Bulgur and a $50 gift card to the Bob’s Red Mill website. That way, you can make this Mediterranean salad and restock your pantry at the same time! To enter, just fill out the form below. Good luck!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.
The opinions and recipe are all my own.