Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: A salad as relaxed as the perfect summer afternoon.
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Grain salads are the perfect dish for a relaxed summer afternoon: You don’t have to heat up your house to make them, and their flavor intensifies as they sit. I love to take them on picnics, mostly because all I want to eat when the temperatures rise are herbs, cucumbers, and tomatoes. This salad combines these flavors, plus the breezy attitude of dining al fresco, in a healthful and simple meal.
1/2 cup medium grind bulgur Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/2 bunch chives 1 small bunch mint 1 medium bunch parsley One (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 4 tomatoes, preferably heirloom, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1/2 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced (1 cup) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
Photo by Caroline Wright
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.