Posts tagged ‘wheat berries’

April 25, 2012

Lunch Today: Wheat Berry Sweet Potato Salad

with Za’atar and Roasted Garlic Dressing

A full 24 hours of travel awaits me and I couldn’t be more excited.

Flying over an ocean and a whole country to get to the people I love the most, is a small price to pay.

Not to brag or anything, but I’m a good flyer. I kind of love it. I mean, I don’t loooove sitting in the same spot for 12 hours. But I like airports, buying new books and magazines and in-flight entertainment. I like the excitement of going somewhere. Somewhere new or old. Loved or unknown. It’s a thrill.

And going back to New York tomorrow might be one of my biggest thrills yet. We moved to the other side of the world 8 months ago and I’ve missed my side every minute since. Missed my people, mostly.

And now I am bursting with happiness in anticipation of touching down in JFK.

New York or bust.

Za’atar and Roasted Garlic Dressing
– 4-6 cloves roasted garlic (I used 4 abnormally large cloves)
– salt
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 tablespoon za’atar
– 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

To roast garlic: Heat oven to 200 C/ 400 F. Chop off the woody bottom of a head of garlic and place on an oiled piece of foil. Wrap the foil around the head of garlic and roast for 30-40 minutes until the cloves are golden and soft.

Squeeze garlic out of the husks and mash up with a pinch of salt. Place olive oil in a small pan over a medium-low heat. Heat until oil is warm but don’t boil. Stir in za’atar and mashed garlic, remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes and pour in a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar.

Wheat Berry Sweet Potato Salad
(serves 2)
– 1 medium sweet potato
– 1 tablespoon za’atar
– olive oil
– 1 1/2 cups wheat berries, cooked
– 1 cup kale, shredded finely
– 2 tablespoons feta
– 1-2 tablespoons dried cranberries
– 2 tablespoons toasted almonds, roughly chopped
– 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Cook wheat berries: Place 3/4 cup dry wheat berries in a sauce pan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 40-45 minutes until wheat berries are soft but with a chewy, al dente bite to them. Place wheat berries in a colander over the sink to dry.

Roast sweet potato: preheat oven to 220 C/425 F. Cut sweet potato into 1 inch/2.5 cm chunks. Toss with olive oil and za’atar. Cook for 20-25 minutes until sweet potato is soft.

Mix wheat berries, sweet potato, kale, feta and cranberries together with the dressing, tossing well to combine. Top with chopped almonds and sesame seeds. Serve warm, at room temp or cold.

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January 24, 2012

Chickpea and Dill Salad

Dill is one of those herbs that I avoid buying even though I love it. When I buy it to use in a recipe I inevitably neglect the rest of the bunch until its fragile, feathery fronds wilt away in my crisper.

But last week at the market I couldn’t resist their willowy branches. I resolved to try a few dishes featuring dill in the upcoming week, in hopes that none would go to waste.

This chickpea salad with feta, celery and wheat berries was my favorite. It has the perfect amount of crunch and tang to it, while perfectly showcasing the dill in all its fragrant glory.

The wheat berries could be swapped for brown rice here, but I think their texture in this dish stands out nicely. And if you don’t like dill…well, I’m not sure why you’re still reading this post. But I think this salad would be nice with an herb like cilantro as its star, too.

Chickpea Salad
(serves 4)
– 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas
– 1/2 cup cooked wheat berries or brown rice
– 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped, including leaves
– 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
– 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– juice of 1 lemon
– 1/4 teaspoon cumin
– 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
– salt & pepper
– toasted sesame seeds to garnish (optional)

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

In a small jar with a lid place the olive oil, lemon, cumin and paprika and shake vigorously until combined. Pour over the other ingredients and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper and top with sesame seeds and more dill, if desired.

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