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Green Peas with Bulgur, Garlic, Fresh Herbs, and Feta

Servings: 4 to 6

This simple tabbouleh-inspired side is perfect with grilled chicken or seared pork chops.


  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups medium-grind bulgur
  • 6-1/2 oz. (about 1-1/2 cups) frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh tender herbs (preferably a mix of parsley, chives, and mint)
  • 3 oz. crumbled feta (about 3/4 cup), more to taste

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 250
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 110
  • Fat (g): 12
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 15
  • Sodium (mg): 250
  • Carbohydrates (g): 30
  • Fiber (g): 7
  • Sugar (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 8


  • In a small saucepan, simmer the garlic in the oil until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Put the bulgur and 5 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, put the peas in a colander in the sink. Drain the bulgur over the peas, and rinse under cold water.
  • With a fork, mash the garlic to a paste. Whisk in the lemon zest and juice, honey, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add the bulgur and peas, and toss. Add the herbs and feta and toss again. Season to taste with salt and additional feta, and serve warm or at room temperature.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • Taunted | 04/12/2020

    Excellent and terrifically easy. Another fine cooking win.

  • BeginnerCookLisa | 04/06/2020

    Very, very easy and very tasty. Definitely a make again. I am eating out the pantry with the Governor's "stay at home order". I received a Trader Joes bulgar package a couple years ago and used it! I had cilantro and chopped up a bunch (1/3 cups including stems) along with 2/3 cups tops of green onions for the herbs. I couldn't tell if I was supposed to add the oil the garlic had simmered in (actually boiled so some was crispy. Also did 6 big cloves). So, I just added the garlic and then drizzled about a teaspoon over the garlic. I was very impressed. I will make again especially since it was so easy.

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    rbhartman | 07/20/2018

    My wife and I loved this side dish! Because we had it in the pantry, we substituted farro for the bulgur, adding a boost of flavor with homemade chicken stock. And because we decreased the amount of grain, we used only about a half cup of fresh mixed herbs. This is definitely going on the short list.

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