Recipe by The FruitGuys
1-1/2 cups cooked wheat berries (cooking instructions below)
1–2 cups mixed veggies of choice: shaved or thinly sliced fennel bulb, chopped garlic scapes, chopped bell pepper, diced cucumber, grated carrots, etc. (see Cook’s note)
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Lettuce leaves for serving
- Whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- In a mixing bowl, toss together cooked wheat berries, chopped bell pepper, and minced onion.
- Drizzle mixture with desired amount of dressing, then add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in a shallow bowl on a bed of fresh greens.
Serves 2 as a side dish. Prep time, 5–10 minutes; cook time for wheat berries, approximately 1 hour.
Cook’s note: This is an incredibly versatile salad. Try different variations using chopped apple, cucumber, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, or any other ingredients that sound appealing. For a Mediterranean feel, try wheat berries with Greek-style olives, sundried tomatoes, and feta cheese. For a more Asian touch, try drizzling wheat berries with sesame oil and soy sauce and adding chopped green onions, grated carrot, and snow peas.
Preparing and Cooking Wheat Berries
- Wheat berries are the Mother Grain: the entire wheat kernel separated from the hull, including bran, germ, and endosperm. A half cup contains 6g protein!
- To prepare, sort through wheat berries, removing any stones. Rinse, drain, and combine with water in a saucepan at a ratio of 1 part wheat berries to 3 parts water. Bring to boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer for about an hour or until tender, and drain. Use in entrées, sides, cold salads, or breakfast. They’re great in oatmeal!
- For softer wheat berries, soak for 8 hours and drain before cooking.
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