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Cajun Salad with Red Beans

Cajun Salad with Red Beans

This zesty Cajun salad is a grain salad with an unexpected spin: bulgur wheat, corn, and kidney beans are flavored with fresh oregano and Cajun seasoning.

Looking for something a little different with your salad? We’ve been hooked on veggie and grain salads, a wonderful way to enjoy raw veggies with a whole lot of flavor. Most of our salads have Mediterranean or Latin flavors, but what about Cajun? This Cajun salad recipe has a unique twist by using Cajun seasoning to ramp up your favorite summer veggies! It also features one of our favorite grains: bulgur wheat. Keep reading for this Cajun salad recipe.

How to cook bulgur wheat

Ever eaten bulgur wheat? It’s a whole grain that originates in Middle Eastern cuisine. Bulgur is commonly used in tabbouleh, which you may have had at Greek restaurants, a Mediterranean bulgur salad. Not only does bulgur wheat have a delicious chewy texture, nutty flavor, and a high nutritional content, but it cooks in just 15 minutes! Bulgur wheat comes in different grind sizes, which changes the cooking time significantly. As in this Cajun salad, we like to cook with fine-grind and medium-grind bulgur wheat since they are the quickest cooking. Generally we avoid coarse-ground or extra-coarse bulgur as they takes longer to cook.

How to make bulgur wheat? Just heat up water to boiling, then pour it over the bulgur wheat and let it stand for 7 minutes for fine-grind bulgur or 15 minutes for medium-grind bulgur. As it sits, the grains absorb all the water and the grains become large and tender. It “cooks” without having to cook on the stovetop! Which seems like it’s not cooking at all.

How to make Cajun salad

Aside from cooking the bulgur wheat (see the instructions above), this salad is as breeze. Simply slice up the raw veggies while the bulgur cooks, and when it’s done mix it all together with the Cajun seasoning, oil, and vinegar. I loved the mix of textures and flavors in this salad, with the spicy kick of the Cajun spices punctuated by the sweet corn kernels, juicy tomatoes, and the bite of the fresh oregano. While this was a great combination, it would be easy to get creative with the bulgur base and add your own favorite veggies, herbs, and seasonings!

And that’s it: how to make Cajun salad! Let us know if you make it in the comments below.

Looking for salad recipes?

Outside of this Cajun salad recipe, here are a few favorite salad recipes:

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  • Nicoise Salad
  • Mediterranean Salad with Chickpeas
  • Summer Quinoa Salad
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  • Caribbean Black Bean Salad
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  • Cucumber Salad with Vinegar
  • Classic Vegan Potato Salad
  • Italian Vegan Pasta Salad
  • Wedge Salad with Potato Chips
  • Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
  • Easy Bean Salad
  • 40 Salad Recipes for People Who Hate Salads
  • Greek Salad

This Cajun salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free.