Friday, September 24, 2010

Spinach and Bulgar Wheat Salad with Creamy Cucumber and herb Dressing and Winner of the Giveaway!

Happy Friday!! I love the weekends so much. They mean more time with my husband and kids, Usually eating out at one of my favorite vegan restaurants, occasionally date nights, and sleeping in a little!


Winner of the Xagave Giveaway
Thank you for all of your entries for the Xagave giveaway! Via Random.Org., the winner was chosen this morning...and the winner is...

The G-Free Vegan

G-Free Vegan said...
I follow your blog already, love your recipes! I would love to win agave because I use it like its going out of style--no one wants that to happen!


Congrats!!! Please email me your mailing information and I will send this out a.s.a.p so you can start enjoying it! This is a HUGE bottle! Should last you a while!!

Now on to some recipe sharing goodness! This creamy cucumber dressing is killer! It turned out so good! It is so flavorful, low in fat, and no sugar added, which means I can smother my salad in it even more. The more sauce the better, right??!! I put it over a spinach, vegetable and bulgar wheat salad. If you haven't ever tried bulgar wheat, it is so delicious, and a really yummy way to mix it up a little with the whole grains. Use whatever vegetables you have around, and if you cant find bulgar wheat, you can use quinoa, barley, brown rice, etc. Any will work great. Also, the xanthan gum is totally optional in the dressing. It just thickens it ever so slightly without adding more oil. But you can totally leave it out if you don't have it and it will still taste just as amazing!

 

Spinach and Bulgar Wheat Salad with Creamy Cucumber and Herb Dressing


What You Need:
2 cups of cooked bulgar wheat or other whole grain
2 large heirloom or vine ripe tomatoes chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 cucumber chopped
4 large handfuls of baby spinach


Morgan's Creamy Cucumber and Herb Dressing:
2 cucumbers, seeded and diced
1 small clove of garlic
1 cup Italian flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp dried dill
Juice of 1 lemon
3 Tbsp veganaise (vegan mayo)
3/4 tsp salt
few cracks of pepper
1/2 tsp xanthan gum (optional)


Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.


To Assemble the Salad:
Place a large handful of spinach in each bowl. Then about a 1/2 cup of Bulgar wheat. Add some of the chopped veggies, and top with dressing and a little extra parsley.


16 comments:

  1. This salad looks beautiful...and I love your dressing recipe! Thanks for sharing,
    Aimee

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  2. This looks delicious Morgan! A good way to balance out all the sweet treats I've been eating! Thanks for keeping me healthy!

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  3. That looks delicious! And I love creative ideas for salad dressings. I've been sticking to the regular ingredients for way too long. Time to spice it up!

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  4. Nice idea. I've been planning to a make a Bulgar and Mustard Greens recipe from Eating Well. I think this Cucumber Dressing would work well with it.

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  5. Looks so colorful and yummy, I have a bag of bulgar wheat sitting in my pantry- I am going to make this tonight!

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  6. This salad looks yummy and beautiful! The dressing sounds drinkable!

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  7. What a gorgeous salad Morgan. I love the dressing you created. It looks so delicious and healthy. I am excited to make it! Love you:)

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  8. Hey Morgan, Looks really beautiful and YUMMY! then healthy, you are awesome;) -Love xo

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  9. More sauce please! I love that it's low fat and no sugar. Never used xantham gum before but what a great reason to try it. Thanks! :-)

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  10. Congratulations to the winner: G Free Vegan.

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  11. Such a great idea to do with cucumbers! I always feel so limited to eating them raw...I should definetly try this. Love your blog!!

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  12. I made this dressing last night to go with my basic salad and it was delicious! It tasted fresh and very light.

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  13. Oh, another fantastic meal that looks like just the sort of thing I'd love! I adore cucumbers, so any way you serve them up, I'm all over it. :)

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  14. Hi Morgan! First of all, this salad looks fantastic! I'll have to make that dressing asap.

    Second, I wanted to let you know about a finger puppet coloring contest on the ThoraThinks blog. It's open to kids and adults, and the winner receives an autographed book, Thora doll, and button set. Please spread the word if you have any friends who might be interested! :)

    http://thorathinks.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/finger-puppet-coloring-contest/

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  15. Congrats to the winner!!!

    That salad looks SO good! I haven't had a REALLY good salad in a lil bit, and it's SO hard to think up good dressings anymore! Thanks again for yet another delishy recipe!

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