Salmon Bulgur Bowl

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 20 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 2 Calories: 480 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This easy Salmon Bulgur Bowl is a great weekday dinner or a fast lunch. Fast. Easy. Delicious. 



  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the bulgur according to the package instructions. When fully cooked drain and set aside. 

  2. Heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Season the salmon to your liking (garlic, dill, paprika, salt, and black pepper all work great) Cook the salmon skin side down for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

  3. Mix the yoghurt with the chopped mint, a squeeze of lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. 

  4. Dice the tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Mix them with the cooked bulgur. Add the parsley, squeeze in the lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Assemble the bowl. Start with the bulgur veggie mixture, place the salmon on top, and add the yoghurt dressing.    


  • Salmon Bulgur Bowls are great for meal prep. You can prepare the individual components and assemble the bowls as needed, making it a convenient and healthy option for busy days.
  • Depending on your preferences, you can add extras like crumbled feta cheese, olives, or roasted red peppers for more complexity and flavor.
  • For an extra layer of texture and nutrition, consider adding toasted nuts or seeds like almonds, pine nuts, or sesame seeds. They can add a delightful crunch.
  • Follow the package instructions for cooking bulgur, but a general rule is to use a 2:1 ratio of water to bulgur. Bring the water to a boil, add the bulgur, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until it's tender and has absorbed the water.
  • You can cook the salmon by searing it in a hot skillet or baking it in the oven. Both methods work well, but the key is not to overcook the salmon to keep it moist and tender. Salmon is typically done when it flakes easily with a fork.
  • Season the salmon fillets with your favorite herbs and spices. Common options include lemon zest, garlic, dill, paprika, salt, and black pepper. A drizzle of olive oil can add moisture and flavor.
  • Opt for fresh or high-quality salmon fillets for the best flavor and texture. Wild-caught salmon is often considered a healthier and more sustainable choice.
Keywords: salmon, bulgur

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is bulgur, and how is it different from other grains?

Bulgur is a whole grain made from cracked wheat that has been partially cooked and dried. It has a nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture.

Is bulgur gluten-free?

No, bulgur is not gluten-free because it is made from wheat. If you have a gluten sensitivity or allergy, you should avoid bulgur and opt for gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice, or certified gluten-free oats.

Can I use other grains besides bulgur in a Salmon Bowl?

Absolutely! You can customize your bowl by using other grains like quinoa, couscous, farro, or even brown rice as a base. Choose the grain that suits your dietary preferences and taste.

Can I make Salmon Bulgur Bowls ahead of time for meal prep?

Yes, Salmon Bulgur Bowls are excellent for meal prep. You can prepare the individual components in advance and assemble the bowls when you're ready to eat. This is a convenient option for busy days.

Can I make a vegan version of this bowl?

Absolutely! To make a vegan version, omit the salmon and use plant-based protein sources like tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas as a substitute. You can also create a vegan-friendly dressing using ingredients like tahini or vegan yogurt.

Are Salmon Bulgur Bowls suitable for a low-carb diet?

Salmon Bulgur Bowls are not low in carbohydrates due to the bulgur and vegetables. If you're following a low-carb diet, consider using cauliflower rice or another low-carb grain substitute.

Can I use pre-cooked salmon leftovers in this bowl?

Yes, leftover pre-cooked salmon works well in this dish. Simply flake the cooked salmon and add it to your bowl for a quick and convenient meal.

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