26 May 2012

Wheatberries

Wheatberries are quite possibly nature's perfect food, and one that has been grossly overlooked and undervalued by Americans. Normally sold near rice as "whole grain wheat," the berries only need to be brought to a boil in two parts water and simmered, covered, for 45 minutes to an hour. The whole grains become soft but remain slightly chewy. This salad was dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil deglazed with finely minced red onions. Diced carrots, scallions, red bell pepper, fresh chopped basil and dried cherries were added for flavor, color and texture.

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