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Bulgur Bowls

Bulgur Bowls with Tahini Dressing

A Middle Eastern take on Buddha bowls, filled with veggies, chickpeas, and hearty bulgur. Each component can be prepped ahead of time, and then assembled just before serving.
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Diana


For the Bowls

  • 1 1/2 cups coarse bulgur
  • 1 large tomato large diced
  • 1 medium-large cucumber large diced
  • Za'atar Roasted Carrots optional; see recipe on this blog
  • 1/4 onion sliced thin (optional)
  • 1 cup packed leafy greens roughly chopped (spinach, kale, arugula, lettuce, or purslane are good options)
  • 1 can chickpeas drained, liquid reserved for dressing (see below)
  • Salt

For the Tahini Dressing

  • 1/3 cup liquid from the can of chickpeas official name is aquafaba
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup grape seed oil or another neutral oil like canola
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 scallion sliced


For the Bowls:

  1. Put the bulgur, 3 cups of water, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a 2 quart pot (make sure it has a lid). Stir to combine. Set the heat to medium until it comes to a boil. Reduce to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Do not lift the lid to check on it!
  2. Meanwhile, prep the vegetables (wash and cut them), and set them aside. If using the Za'atar Roasted Carrots, those should be prepared ahead of time, since they take additional time.
  3. Make the dressing (see recipe below).
  4. Assemble the bowls: Divide the bulgur evenly between 4 bowls. Divide each type of vegetable (tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, onion, leafy greens) into 4 portions, and place each one on top of the bulgur. Evenly divide the chickpeas between the 4 bowls.
  5. Dress the bowls with the Tahini Dressing to taste.

For the Tahini Dressing:

  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients in a pint Mason jar, or another similarly sized container with a lid. Shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds, or until well combined. The dressing will separate after a few minutes, so shake again just before serving.