cranberry-saladBulgar wheat is a healthy grain usually available from health food section of your supermarket. I buy the Pouyoukas bulgar wheat but there are other brands in supermarkets and most health food stores will stock it. This salad is fantastic using cranberries and pine nuts and is a great dish to compliment pork recipes or as a main meal for vegetarians. (4 people as a main)

What you need

1/2 cup Bulgar wheat
1/2  cup pine nuts toasted
1/2 cup spring onions finely sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 Red onion chopped small
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup chopped parsley or coriander

The process

Place the bulgar wheat in a bowl and pour over hot vegetable stock. Allow to stand for about 20 to 25 minutes until the bulgar wheat is soft and the stock has been absorbed while you prepare the rest of the salad. If there is any stock remaining, drain it off, you don’t want any excess liquid.

In a pan on a low heat, melt the butter and soften the onions.

Add all of the ingredients to the bulgar wheat, toss and you are ready to eat.

You can really go to town wit this recipe, add whatever grabs your fancy like dried peaches instead of cranberries but keep the basics. If you are watching your weight don’t cook the onions, chop them very small.