Wheat Berry Salad

Posted on: Thursday, August 7, 2014

Last weekend, I drove up through New Hampshire’s winding mountain roadways to a friend’s retreat in Dublin. Since I was arriving around dinner time, I decided to whip up a satisfying salad using my new favorite grain of summer- the wheat berry. While in East Hampton, Marni and I sampled a sweet and savory wheat berry salad at the Amagansett Farmer’s Market, and I was eager for an occasion to recreate the dish. 

Visually, a wheat berry resembles a popcorn kernel, and when cooked, has a chewy texture and nutty, earthy taste. The wheat kernel’s mild flavor can easily be transformed by various add-ins and dressings. Always a fan of Mediterranean flavors, I decided to dress the kernels with a lemon vinaigrette, salty feta, a zip of red onion, and sweet and tart dried cherries. The dish was a wonderful accompaniment for applewood smoked chicken and a simple salad that evening.
The next day, I spooned our leftovers into mason jars, packed them into my trusty, portable cooler, and was ready for a hike in the Wapack Mountain Range. I think the salad tasted better the second day when the flavors further melded together (or maybe I was just famished by the time I cracked open the jar at the summit!).
Wheat Berry Salad with Dried Cherries and Feta

1 1/2 c dried wheat berries
1/2 c dried cherries
4 oz feta cheese crumbled
1/3 c chopped red onion
3 T chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper throughout

Lemon Vinaigrette
2 T lemon juice
2 T red wine vinegar
1/3 cup EVOO
salt and pepper throughout

Soak the wheat berries for at least 1 hour before preparation.

Fill a medium-sized pot with 3 cups salted water and bring to a boil. Add the wheat berries and turn down the heat to simmer. Cook until the wheat berries are chewy, about 50 minutes. Let cool slightly. 

Meanwhile, whisk together the Vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Transfer the wheat berries to a serving dish. Add the dried cherries, feta, red onion, chopped parsley, Vinaigrette and stir to combine. For better flavor, prepare the salad a few hours ahead of time or ideally, the day before to allow flavors to meld. Serves 6


Post a Comment

twin tastes All rights reserved © Blog Milk Powered by Blogger