This salad is all about texture. Wheat berries have firmness to them, even when they are cooked. The crunch of the pine nuts and the creaminess of the feta make this a satisfying meal or a great side dish. Toasting the wheat berries brings out their nuttiness.
Directions for: Warm Brown Rice and Wheat Berry Salad Bowl
cup (60 mL) olive oil
cup (250 mL) wheat berries
cup (125 mL) brown rice
tsp (7 mL) kosher salt
cup (60 mL) parsley, chopped
cup (90 mL) pine nuts
Tbsp (45 mL) shallots, minced
cup (125 mL) dried cranberries
Tbsp (45 mL) red wine vinegar
freshly ground pepper
cup (90 mL) Feta cheese, crumbled
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add wheat berries and cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until slightly toasted. Add rice, 4 1/2 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 40 minutes, or until both the wheat berry and the rice are tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Stir in parsley.
2. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add pine nuts and cook until golden and toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to a plate. Return pan to heat and add remaining oil, shallots and cranberries. Cook until shallots are tender and cranberries are plump, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar. Season with remaining salt and pepper.
3. Pour warm vinaigrette over wheat berry mixture. Add pine nuts and feta and toss to combine. Spoon into bowls and garnish with extra parsley and feta.