Wheat Berry Salad
The sun blazed down yesterday, Spring is finally here (I do hope I haven’t jinxed it now!) and my taste buds craved light salads.
Wheat berries (or wheat grain) are the whole grain form of wheat, unprocessed and unsullied and make a delicious alternative to rice – they are what is ground up to make wholewheat flour! Mine are by Essential Trading Co-operative bought at my local wholefood shop at 95p for 500g and they take about an hour to cook. You can also buy them from Merchant Gourmet in most supermarkets at £2 for 500g which only take 25 minutes to cook if you’re in a hurry!
This wheat berry salad has a zingy dressing of honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and chilli.
To Make Wheat berry Salad You Will Need (serves 4-6)
- 150g wheat berries
- 5 spring onions, sliced
- 1 small red pepper, diced
- 2tbsps honey (or balsamic vinegar)
- 2tbsps light soy sauce/tamari
- 4 tbsps olive oil (not virgin/extra virgin)/sunflower oil
- 1tsp Very Lazy Chilli (or one seeded and chopped salad chilli)
- 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed (to taste)
- 1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
- Simmer 150g wheat berries in 1 litre of water for an hour (if you want to increase or decrease quantities you need one part grain to four parts water), drain
- Mix together the honey, oil, soy, chilli, garlic and ginger in a small jug
- Stir the peppers and onions through the wheat berries
- Add the dressing and mix thoroughly
I served it with a plate of new potato salad, fresh new season’s asparagus, a lemony fennel and almond salad and a handful of buttery mushrooms.
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