Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another Hot Day, Another Salad

My summer comfort foods are salads and I'm most comfortable when there are a few on hand with which to compose a salad plate.

As I continue my clean out, use up what's in the pantry, late (very late) spring cleaning, I keep coming across clipped recipes, some of which are beginning to turn yellow with age, that have not been on our table. This one sounded like a good one to try and I was right. If you want to use it as a side dish, the asian flavors would go well with grilled meats and are not so prominent as to overwhelm grilled shrimp or salmon. And, it's just right to go along on a picnic. In other words, it's quite versatile.

From the New York Times Food Section

1 1/2 cups wheat berries
1 tablespoon sesame oil, or to taste
2 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
1/2 cup chopped scallions

In a 4 to 6 cup saucepan, combine wheat berries with a large pinch of salt and enough water to cover them by at least an inch. Bring to a boil and adjust heat so mixture bubbles gently. Cover pan with lid.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until wheat berries are tender, about 45 minutes. They should have a slightly chewy texture. Add hot water, as necessary, to keep them from drying out as they swell and become tender. Ideally, you will have cooked out all the water about the same time they become tender. If any remains, strain them.

Fluff wheat berries with a fork and toss with sesame oil and soy sauce. Garnish with the scallions. Serve at room temperature, slightly chilled or warm.



  1. Your salad looks so good and filling as well. I'm not sure where to find wheat berries but I'll start with our local health food store.
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Have a good day.
    Ladybug Creek

  2. wheat berries are new to me, don't know what they are, from the photo i thought it was a corn salad. it looks delish, to bad we can't put a taste of it on the blog.

  3. I love wheat berries in a salad--I'll be trying this one!

  4. I always enjoy your recipes--reading if not using at least --and the photos are always tempting. Sorry you are still in a heat wave.

  5. This is the kind of side dish I really love. It sounds wonderful and I really have to try it. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  6. What a lovely salad. I do so like the chewiness of the wheat berries. And the

  7. Now I have to find some wheat berries! Where? Your salad looks and sounds delicious!

  8. This looks great and it's certainly easy to make. I'll try it as I don't think I've had wheatberries before.


  9. I would love to give this a shot. Great photo. Perfect flavor profile.

  10. I must say this looks kind of strange, I've never had wheat berries. But I know if you made it, it would taste very good. An unusual dish!

  11. That looks and sounds so healthy. Wheat berries are new to me . I doubt i'llbe able to get them here. But even so I think you have a very pretty blog :) and the salald certainly looks good !

  12. How sinple! This looks great, I like something a little different for a salad

  13. I have never ever heard of Wheat Berries... Do they have another name? They look like black-eyed-peas sorta...... OR small pinto beans.... Hmmmm... You have me curious now... I looked them up on google... They must be very healthy... BUT--do they taste good????

    Us southern gals love BEANS ---but I'm not sure about the Wheatberries... ha ha


  14. As soon as I find out what wheatberries are, and where to find them, I'm gonna make this-easy, simple, and it looks totally yummy!!! Thanks!

  15. Oh my goodness. This sounds positively yummy! I wish I had everything on hand so I could make it for supper tonight!

    I am visiting today from Enjoying the Small things. I love it so much over there and always visit a few comments above mine. I know that I will love any blogger that loves her blog : ) And I always do!

  16. I am always looking for side dishes for Asian meals!

  17. I've GOT to try this salad! I don't know why, but I've never made anything with wheatberries.

    I love your post title! So true!

    (Your hubby will love his Cuisinart waffle iron. It's small for storage, but well worth the little space it takes!)

  18. Easy to make, delicious flavors, my kinda of salad.

  19. I've never tried wheatberries but they look really interesting. I've been using quinoa lately. Really tasty with a nice texture. Thanks for sharing this recipe - looks tasty!


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