It’s peach season!  You really need to embrace this fragrant fruit of summer.  Here’s a salad idea that combines high fiber bulgur with peaches, peppers and cucumbers in a simple yogurt dressing.

 

Bulgur, a traditional staple of Mediterranean cuisine, has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Peaches and peppers provide vitamin C and a decent source of potassium. If you’ve never tried ground lemon grass, it’s a great way to season veggies or use in stir fries. This salad does not disappoint!

 

Ingredients

 

Salad:

 

2 cups dry bulger (soak for 1 hour before cooking)

2 fresh peaches

1 red or yellow bell pepper

1 cucumber- sliced and quartered

¼ cup red onion

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Dressing:

 

½ cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat)

½ cup fresh orange juice

1 tsp. orange zest

3 tsp. white sugar

1 tsp. lemon grass paste

 

Directions

 

Cook bulger according to directions and set aside to cool.  Clean and cut peaches into chunks and add to cooled bulger.  Chop bell peppers and add to bulger.  Add quartered cucumbers, cilantro and onions to salad and blend.

 

Whisk ingredients together for dressing.  Add dressing to salad and blend well.

 

Makes 6 servings.  Nutrition information per serving:  206 calories, .9 grams fat, 7.2 grams protein, 42 grams carbohydrate, 9.8 grams fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 17 mg sodium.

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