Thursday, 23 July 2009

Ina's Wheatberry Salad

I came across this recipe while I was looking for interesting lunch box fare for my daughter. I love cooked wheatberries, they add such a nutty chewiness to a dish.
My wheatberries took more water and more time than the recipe stated, so just keep an eye on them. I added zucchini to the sauteed onion, cut down on the scallions, and used two jarred roasted red peppers in place of the half a fresh one.
The results were really tasty and perfect for Mel to take downtown. A grown-up lunch for a grown-up job.

Wheatberry Salad
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Family Style

1 cup hard winter wheatberries
Kosher salt
1 cup finely diced red onion (1 onion)
6 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 scallions, minced, white and green parts
1/2 red bell pepper, small diced
1 carrot, small diced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place the wheatberries and 3 cups of boiling salted water in a saucepan and cook, uncovered, over low heat for approximately 45 minutes, or until they are soft. Drain.
Saute the red onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat until translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the remaining 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of olive oil and the balsamic vinegar.
In a large bowl, combine the warm wheatberries, sauteed onions, scallions, red bell pepper, carrot, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Allow the salad to sit for at least 30 minutes for the wheatberries to absorb the sauce. Season, to taste, and serve at room temperature.