Bulgur Salad with Roasted Pumpkin and Goji berries

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The many splendors of bulgur wheat. It’s healthy, tasty, cooks fast and makes really great salads. It works well with all veggies but I just LOVE it with squash. I got the inspiration for this dish from the Cypriot pumpkin pie, “kolokoti”. The filling of this pie is bulgur wheat, raisins, squash and cinnamon. So I roasted the squash with some cinnamon and cumin and then served it on a bed of “Mitsides” fine, bulgur wheat. Instead of raisins, I used goji berries which are far less sweeter, but raisins would also work well if you really like something sweet in your salad. Top everything with a handful of pumpkin seeds and crumbled goat cheese or feta and you’ve got the healthiest, tastiest lunch. And you know what? It tastes even better the next day.

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Ingredients for the pumpkin

  • 500 grams pumpkin, diced or sliced in medium chunks
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and plenty of freshly grounded black pepper

Ingredients for the salad

  • 3/4 cup “Mitsides” fine, bulgur wheat
  • 2 cups hot vegetable broth (or 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 2 cups of boiling water)
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbs goji berries (or raisins, or dried cranberries)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • About 1 cup fresh rocket leaves
  • 2 Tbs sunflower seeds
  • About 50 grams goat cheese or feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 190 C. Put pumpkin and onion in a baking tray, drizzle with the olive oil and season with the cinnamon, cumin, salt and plenty of black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes or until pumpkin is cooked but not mushy. Leave to cool.

While pumpkin cooks, put bulgur wheat in a glass bowl and pour over it the hot stock. Leave to soak for 10 minutes. Fluff it up with a fork and put in a larger bowl to cool.

Mix the cooked and cooled bulgur wheat with the spring onion, goji berries, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. At this stage, the bulgur will improve in taste if you let it stand for a couple of hours before serving. During this time the bulgur will absorb all the flavours and become even yummier. If you are out of time, don’t worry, your salad will be fantastic anyway.

Mix bulgur wheat with the rocket leaves and arrange in a large platter. Top with the cooked pumpkin and onion. Scatter the pumpkin seeds on top, crumble the goat cheese if using and serve.

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