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The past two weeks have been a roller coaster ride, not sure if a thrilling one or a scary one.  I guess a little of both. Spring is here!!! Spring is here!!  Okay so just a tad bit excited about the warm weather.  Well it is obvious, with warm days come cold salads.  I have been trying to experiment with different kind of salads past few weeks.  Here are the recipes for some of the ones that I have made and have been pleasantly received by my critics here.  The first is a wheatberry salad; I have wanted to try this grain for its health value.  I am not too confident if I like the texture of it or not but overall if it does good to your body then it is definitely worth the try.  I am sure you can pair it with anything that you like; I decided to make it with beets and white beans.  I don’t like the part that I used canned beets and beans (I think the canned beans left a little taste to the salad).  I will definitely try boiling the beans myself next time to see if the flavor is different. 

  

Ingredients –

  • 1 cup cooked wheatberry (cover it with enough water, boil and then let it simmer for about an hour)
  • ½ cup chopped cooked beets (I used canned so they were boiled, you can roast the beets for a better taste)
  • 1 cup white beans cooked (I used canned for this one too, substitute the beans.  I didn’t like the flavor of white that much)
  • 2 tbsp.  goat cheese (softened)
  • 2 tbsp.  harissa flavored oil
  • 1 tsp.  honey
  • 2 tbsp.  red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp.  chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method –

Mix all the ingredients together; crumble the goat cheese on top.  The harissa flavored oil, brings a little kick to the salad.  It has just the right kind of spice.

For me it took a bit to get used to the texture of wheatberry.  It is a little chewy and firm, I will try and make Pulav or some sort of soup with it next time.  The wheatberry was just a canvas, maybe different colors next time.  Definitely healthy though!   Enjoy and say well! 

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