Shrimp and Bulgur Salad

This weekend, we drove down to Orlando to spend the weekend with my mom, stepdad, and little brother. Although Thanksgiving is going to be here soon, I haven’t made a visit home since early September and I just needed some family time NOW! My mom told me about this recipe last week and she wanted to make it again this weekend so I could share it with all of you!

This salad is refreshing and really easy to make! It’s more of a summer dish, but I live in Florida, so I think we can still get away with some lighter dishes! My mom and I ate this for lunch, but it would also make a great side dish! If you aren’t a fan of shrimp, I bet this would also be good with some shredded rotisserie chicken!

Shrimp and Bulgur Salad

Serves 4


– 1 cup bulgur

– 2 cups cooked baby shrimp (thaw if frozen)

– 4 tbs. pitted green olives (or kalamata olives)

– 6-8 grape tomatoes, sliced and diced

– 2 scallions, trimmed and chopped

– 4 tbs. Italian parsley, minced

– 4 tsp. white wine vinegar

– 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

– salt and pepper to taste

– Optional: 1/2 tsp. ground cumin


1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add in the bulgur. Cover the pan and remove from the heat. Let stand for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is chewy. Add to a medium-sized bowl and let cool.

2. Add shrimp, olives, tomatoes, scallions, and the parsley to the bowl and mix everything together. Combine the olive oil (and cumin) with the salad and season with salt and pepper.



  1. That looks like a nice healthy meal. It would be satisfying without feeling guilty. It’s also so pretty!

  2. Shrimp and bulgur! What a lovely combination and a healthy and delicious meal!

  3. This is my very first time hearing “bulgur” so I had to Google it. =P Such a healthy salad! I’d love to try this new ingredient one day. Bookmarking for warm days. I love how you presented in a glass bowl, too.

  4. This looks great. I live in Connecticut so I am book marking this one for next summer. Right now I need warmth.

  5. What a lovely light salad… healthy too!! I would eat this anytime

  6. looks so yummy, healthy and colorful,great salad recipe!!

  7. This is a great go to dish when you want something light and tasty. I do need to pick up some bulgur and try this!
    Glad you enjoyed your weekend in Florida with family. I miss Florida.

  8. Mmm I love shrimp! This is such a flavorful and healthy dish :)

  9. Mmm I love shrimp! This is such a flavorful and healthy dish! :)

  10. Ooh Orlando! I hope you get to visit Disney world. The salad looks refreshing. I used to eat bulgur often, but somehow stopped. I need to dig up my old sack of bulgur again!

  11. I do love this idea adding shrimps..look very tempting and I can imagine full of flavor! Thank you for sharing..

  12. This looks delicious! I think I could substitute chicken easily (for allergies) and not lose too much of the flavor! Living in Florida, too…I love the idea of being able to eat this NOW!

  13. Such a beautiful salad….
    This one is not only colorful but full of flavors and healthy ingredients….
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. I want some of that! It looks awesome and irresistible!:D

  15. Oh, this looks amazing! I’d be happy with this for both lunch and dinner…such healthy, tasty, refreshing flavors!

  16. All of the colors in this salad are wonderful – my mom’s advice to “eat the rainbow” has always stuck with me. Great dish to accomplish that!

  17. This is my kind of recipe!!! I love experimenting with different grains, and including shrimp is such a great idea! I will definitely be making this one soon.. yum!

  18. SO healthy!! With all the crap/sweets I’ve been eating, this is EXACTLY what I need :)

  19. This looks like a great light meal…and I definitely could stand to eat more bulgur.

  20. This looks absolutely delicious! I LOVE shrimp since I was a kid and am always looking for different ways to incorporate it into dishes. This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing this yummy looking recipe. Have a good one Stephanie! =]

  21. I love bulgur, and this salad reminds me of tabbouleh, but with shrimp. It looks great!

  22. I’ve yet to cook bulgar myself… but I’m now inspired! Thanks for sharing this dish!!!

  23. I’m loving all the whole grains I’m coming across this evening – farro, quinoa and your beautiful bulgur. And what better way to complement this ancient grain than with delightful shrimp! (those don’t look like baby shrimp to me – lol). The parsley and olives are great here too. So yummy!!

    • Haha! You caught me, Kelly! The recipe my mom gave me says to use baby shrimp, but our store didn’t have any fresh baby shrimp and we didn’t have time to use frozen! I think any shrimp would work though!

  24. I have never actually cooked with bulger. I guess I just get stuck on rice and need to expand my horizons. Thanks for the awesome looking idea!

  25. My mom is coming to visit this weekend, and I’m so looking forward to it. I totally hear you on the “family time now!” feeling. This salad looks fantastic! I haven’t eaten bulgar since college…what was I thinking?! :) PS: I have a holiday giveaway going on right now!

  26. Family time is always nice. I havent been back home in over year and look forward to getting back to the states soon. I love putting bulgar in salads, so good! This salad looks like the perfect light lunch!

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