Wheat Berry Salad

On one of my shopping days and the hunt for something different, I found this grain called wheat berry at a health food store called Zerbo’s in Plymouth, Michigan. I thought the grain looked so appealing I went ahead and bought a bag of it. I had no idea what it was and really thought it was another grain called farro. Both come from the same grain, wheat and have many health benefits such as fiber. Because of one purchase mistake, the wrong grain led to re-arranging my food ingredients for one recipe and into an excellent recipe for a grain salad. The end result made an amazing grain salad and I would definitely make it again and again.

Wheat Berry Salad, created on 04/25/2010

Wheat berry prep:
1 cup of dried winter berries
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of salt

The directions call for about 45 minutes of cooking time. I cooked the wheat berries for about 2 hours in salted water because the original cooking time did not cook the wheat berry to the right consistency for me. The wheat berries were still too hard and tasted very chewy. After 2 hours, the grain was chewy but with the other ingredients, the recipe started to take shape and became really good.

The rest of the salad:
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons of olive oil
½ pint of grape tomatoes halved
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh curly parsley chopped
2 white corn on the cob – medium sized cobs
Fresh cracked pepper

Cut the onion in half and then cut into half moon shapes. In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil and add the cut up onion and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until the onions are a deep brown and caramelized. While the onions are caramelizing, remove the corn from the cobs by running a sharp knife down the sides of the cobs. Wash and halve the grape tomatoes. Chop up some fresh parsley.

After the wheat berry is cooked, there is no need to wait until the berries are cool. The heat will marry all the flavors together from the caramelized onions and warms up the corn. Put all the ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss well. Flavor with cracked pepper and serve with a meat or by itself. Enjoy!



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