Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wheat Berry Salad

Since I think about food 24/7, I'm prone to eccentric thoughts like building an oven from mud or sabotaging a factory that churns out chemically processed chunks of chicken. Most thoughts I just keep to myself because I'm a thin-skinned soul who would crumple under the bewildered stares of strangers and loved ones.

Here's a secret I wouldn't share with most people: I think about plowing my front yard and planting a patch of wheat. Instead of mowing once a week, I'd thresh once a year. Instead of working the weather into small talk, I'd discuss it with urgency. I'd be a street side farmer and with the fruits of my labor I'd make this:

Wheat Berry Salad

  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

***Feel free to vary the ingredients. Keep the wheat berries as your base recipe. I saw recipes with dried cherries, feta cheese, nuts, lemon juice and oil. Relax and use whatever you have on hand.


  1. In a large saucepan combine wheat berries, water, and salt. Bring to a boil. Lower temperature, so it simmers. Place lid on pan and allow to simmer for 45-60 minutes. The berries should be tender and slightly chewy.

  2. Drain and rinse berries under cold water. Then place berries in a large bowl.

  3. Mix tomatoes, onions, and bacon into the wheat berries.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk oil and balsamic vinegar together. Drizzle and mix into salad.

  5. Enjoy warm or cold.

I enjoyed leftover wheat berry salad for breakfast this morning, and it possessed the power to resist the temptation of donuts at this morning's teacher in-service. This is the power of whole grains. You need to harness and unleash this power.

pass the scythe,



Marianne said...

I made up something like this using quinoa and used some cooked chicken instead of bacon. Roma tomatoes, pine nuts and some fresh basil from the garden added some nice flavors.

I would applaud you for putting in a wheat field in your yard. :)

Nella said...

I'm with you, Muddy. I'd have rain barrels for yard art, vegetable beds in place of most of the flower beds leaving NO room for grass. Fruit and nut trees instead of maples and oak. Berrie bushes instead of forsythia. Oh yeah, and my next door neighbor would have wheat in his front yard. Now that's a neighborhood!!!!

Jenni said...

That looks divine. I want to start a garden next year, but I've never grown much more than weeds. The thought overwhelms me, and I begin thinking about harvesting wild edibles instead. Can't I live off the cattails, purslane, dandelions, and shepherd's purse that spring up without my planting and grow without my coaxing? I'm game to try eating these things, but I'm not sure I want to depend on them entirely.

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