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Grain Salad with "Plum" Vinaigrette

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This is for FeelGr8...a recipe using wheat berries! A recipe by Lorna Sass, "Cooking Under Pressure". I have not pointed this out, and I'm sure you could make the dressing more point-friendly~

 

4 C. cooked wheat berries, rice, or barley, cooled to room temperature

1 large red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced

2 C. cooked corn kernels or diced raw zucchini

1/2 C. tightly packed, minced fresh basil, dill, or cilantro

3/4 C. Umeboshi Plum Vinaigrette

 

Set the cooked grains in a large bowl. Toss in the pepper, corn, and basil. Sprinkle on the dressing, adding enough to thoroughly coat the salad. Adjust seasonings and serve.

 

Vinaigrette

3/4 C. olive oil

1-2 TBS. umeboshi plum vingar or 4-6 TBS. balsamic or other red wine vinegar

1-2 TBS. soy sauce

1/4 C. sesame seeds (optional) (I toasted them in the microwave for 4 minutes on high, stirring every minute)

 

In small jar, combine oil with 1 TBS. plum vinegar (or 4 TBS. balsamic) and 1 TBS. soy sauce. Shake vigorously until well blended. Adjust seasonings, adding more vinegar and soy sauce to taste. Add sesame seeds, if desired, and shake to blend.

 

Lorna Sass: "I highly recommend trying this salad with wheat berries, which make an intriguing substitue for rice or pasta in most cold salad recipes. Do keep in mind that wheat berries have more texture and flavor than most cooked grains, so plan accordingly when considering the additional ingredients and always use an assertive dressing. If you're feeling ambitious, hollow out raw zucchini boats or tomato halves and heap the salad in them.

 

The umeboshi plum vinegar suggested for the dressing is a superb addition to your pantry, and is readily available in health-food stores. Made of preserved, salty plums, it is fruity and full-bodied and marries in an exquisite way with a quality olive oil."

 

After you see a cold-grain salad recipe, then you can also experiment putting your own together! I throw wheat berries into green salads, with a crumbled stronger cheese(feta, blue cheese, or gargonzola), some toasted nut pieces, some diced pear (or canned pineapple)...Just experiment putting things together that you LOVE. But those wheat berries make a salad turn *SUBSTANTIAL*! ;) wave.gif Carol


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