Winter brings more substantial salads – no more Summery cubes of tomatoes tossed with cubes of cucumber and a layer of red onion rings. Enter salads with noodles, grains, lentils, dried beans. Barley, freekeh, chickpeas – all perfect during winter.
Today’s salad uses Burghul or Freekeh. I really recommend exploring your local Middle Eastern shop for their varieties of Burghul – there are at least half a dozen. Select one type that you want to experiment with. There are several varieties of Freekeh too, and you can mix Freekeh and Burghul together if you like.
This salad, almost a pilaf, is tremendous, and the combination of lemon, mustard, garlic and crunch of nuts makes it. It is based on a Bittman Salad. For three years (2016 – 2018) we had a project of cooking through his 101 salads, and this one is in the 90’s. We made all of the vegetarian ones and modified as many of the non-vegetarian ones as possible. After making so many salads, we became committed daily salad eaters.
Similar dishes incude Burghul, Walnut and Yoghurt Salad with Pomegranate, Burghul and Chickpea Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Burghul, Walnut and Tomato Salad, Quick Burghul Salad, Cauliflower and Burghul Kitchari and Mung Bean and Burghul Kitchari.
Also check out Delightful Pilaf Recipes.
You can check all of our Bittman Salads here. All of our Burghul dishes are here, our Freekeh dishes are here, and all of our many many Salads are worth browsing. Or eat seasonally and explore our Early Winter dishes.
Burghul (or Freekeh) and Cauliflower Salad with Hazelnuts
Simmer a cup of burghul and some roughly chopped cauliflower florets until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Toss with chopped tarragon, chopped parsley and tender parsley stems, roughly chopped hazelnuts, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, olive oil and lemon juice.
Another version of this salad can be made with Freekeh, herbs – dill, parsley, mint – hazelnuts, almonds and/or walnuts, garlic, mustard, olive oil and lemon juice.
recipe notes and alternatives
Use the combination of burghul and vermicelli, available from Middle Eastern groceries, called Sehriyeli Pilavlik Bulgur.
Mix freekeh and burghul in this salad if desired.
Replace the lemon or lime and mustard with pomegranate molasses and add some pomegranate seeds.