|Everything Roasted Warm Red Winter Wheat Berry Salad|
This morning was cold, very cold, -7C (19F) cold... So I let myself linger under a blanket for a few extra minutes before I rushed myself out of a bed. Then I had my traditional ritual "wake me up" dance (you know, the one when you move all your limbs in different directions), which this morning turned out to be a "warm me up dance".
You know I am not a morning person, not at all. And my kids, bless their hearts, have been so kind to let me sleep just a little longer, like 2-3 minutes longer on a school day mornings.
Today when I finally got out of the bed and came to the dining room, the teenager was doing the same "warm me up" dance. After a quick breakfast we left for the car, continue moving our limbs, almost performing a break dance on a parking lot.
That's when I thought of something warm and comfortable for lunch, and Everything Roasted Warm Winter Wheat Berry Salad idea came to me.
What else would you think of on a parking lot?! :)
Everything Roasted Warm Red Winter Wheat Berry Salad
- 1 cup cooked red winter wheat (see notes)
- 1/2 fennel bulb
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1 turnip
- 1 parsley root
- 1/2 squash
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs mix (basil, oregano, rosemary, coriander, chives, marjoram)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2-3 Tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
Cut fennel, carrot, red pepper, turnip, parsley root and squash into wedges, place in a large bowl, add dried herbs and olive oil, and mix.
Transfer all vegetables to a baking sheet, and bake 25-30 minutes.
Wash and dry the bowl.
Mix roasted vegetables and cooked wheat berries with lemon juice and chopped parsley.
Sprinkle with chia seeds and serve.
|Red Winter Wheat Berries|
1. Dry wheat berries take a long time to cook, about 2-3 hours. If you pre-soak it for 8-10 hours, the cooking time will be reduced 30 minutes. I usually pre-soak wheat berries from 10 to 24 hours, rinsing it a few times before cooking. Then I keep cooked wheat berries in the refrigerator and add to my soups, salads, breads, and etc.
2. This recipe has no salt in the ingredient list as it doesn't need any: you have all that flavor from the dried herbs, enhanced by the heat, plus lemon juice and fresh parsley. However, if you wish to, you can add salt and pepper to taste.
Now, I am off to another dance, a happy belly dance!