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Apple Bulgur Salad

Ingredients

2 cups (500 mL) chicken broth
1 cup (250 mL) bulgur
2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
2 tbsp (25 mL) water
2 tsp (10 mL) sugar
2 tbsp (25 mL) apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried oregano
1 red apple, finely chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) celery, finely chopped
4 cups (1 L) parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted sunflower seeds

Instructions

Bulgur: Bring broth to boil. Put bulgur in a heatproof bowl; cover with broth. Set aside for 15 minutes. Drain and press out as much water as possible with the back of a spoon. Stir in apple, celery, parsley and dressing.

Dressing: whisk together lemon juice, oil, water, sugar, vinegar and oregano.

Garnish with sunflower seeds.

Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator.

Helpful Tips

Get your whole grains! Eating well with Canada's Food Guide recommends making at least half of your grain products whole grain each day. Bulgur, barley, brown rice, whole wheat, oats, quinoa, and wild rice are some examples of whole grains. These foods contain fibre, vitamins and minerals (B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium) that provide an overall health benefit.