Blueberry and Feta Bulgur Salad with Mint Dressing
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Blueberry and Feta Bulgur Salad with Mint Dressing

Sweet blueberries and cool cucumbers add contrast to this quick & easy salad that’s perfect for picnic season!

A friend of mine came over for the morning to hang out at the playground with me and my toddler. I thought it would be nice to pack a picnic lunch for us to enjoy while he ran around and hopefully tired himself out.

He seriously doesn’t appreciate naps as much as I do. Weirdo.

Anyway, I had this summery salad from the latest issue of Cooking Light, and I knew it would be perfect for our afternoon together.

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This salad is awesome! You can prep all of the ingredients while the bulgur cooks in hot water and still have time to spare. I didn’t even transfer the bulgur to a mixing bowl, I just took the saucepan off the heat and popped a lid on it. Easy peasy.

I’m a big fan of raw onions, but not everyone is, so soaking them in cold water for 10 minutes is an excellent way to take the bite off of them.

The feta is delicious in this recipe, but it would be fine without if you want to keep this vegan-friendly. It would also be good with some sliced steak on top, it you wanted to make it carnivore-friendly. Mmm…

Blueberry and Feta Bulgur Salad with Mint Dressing

My major note with this is that if you’re eating it as a meal, like we did, it makes about 3 servings. At least it did for us. I packed 2 to-go containers to take to the playground, and what’s in the small bowl pictured above is all that was left.

This salad is absolutely delicious, and would be great for a picnic or as a side dish for a big BBQ dinner. I’ll definitely be making this one again!

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A bowl of blueberry and feta bulgur salad with mint.

Blueberry and Feta Bulgur Salad with Mint Dressing

  • Author: Cooking Light
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings (3/4 cup per serving) 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet blueberries and cool cucumbers add contrast to this quick & easy salad that’s perfect for picnic season!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cracked bulgur wheat
  • 3/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups diced English cucumber
  • 1 1/4 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion, soaked in cold water for 10 minutes, and drained
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)


  1. Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Combine the boiling water and bulgur in a mixing bowl. Let mixture stand, covered, 25 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
  3. Place the mint, oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a blender; process until pureed.
  4. Use a fork to fluff the bulgur. Add the dressing, cucumber, blueberries, onion, and feta to the grains; toss to combine.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light June 2015

Tomato and Corn Bulgur Salad: Sub basil for the mint, halved cherry tomatoes for the cucumber, fresh corn kernels for the blueberries, and 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts for the feta. Sprinkle with 2 cooked and crumbled bacon slices. Serves 8 (serving size: 3/4 cup)


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 182
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 167.3 mg
  • Fat: 11.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.3 mg

Keywords: bulgur, mint, blueberries, feta cheese

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

One Comment

  • Lori H

    Hahah….love the Weirdo comment! 😛 I had heard that tip about the onions before, but I’ve never tried it. I take it that it really works?

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