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Batrik: A No-Cook Tomato Bulgur Salad

Batrik tomato bulgur salad

In the summer, no one much wants to cook. But we still like to eat, so this no-cook salad hits the spot in more ways than one. Palates tend to become jaded, dull, and sluggish in the midsummer heat, so we want things a little spicier which is why there’s a bit of heat and a bit of tang in this healthy bulgur dish. Serve it as a salad or as a side dish alongside cold, sliced chicken. It’s terrific stuff!


Yield: 4-6 servings


  • ¾ cup fine-ground bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • 1 lb. can of plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 small onion or 5 scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup of walnuts, chopped


  1. Blend tomatoes with their juices in a blender or food processor. Mix with tomato paste, add bulgur, and stir. Leave for an hour or until the grain is tender. If grain is still tough, add a little water.
  2. Add oil, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  3. Just before serving, add onion and walnuts, reserving a bit of the nuts to sprinkle on top for a garnish.