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wheat berries salad with almonds and golden raisins

This is one of the very first recipes I’ve ever developed for this site. I initially made it as a larger batch for a party my friends were having while we were all on vacation. It got such rave reviews from everyone that I had to scale it down to post it on this site. And it’s still one of my favorite recipes, maybe because when I make it, I’m instantly transported back to Fort Lauderdale. When looking for wheat berries, you can buy them as either a hard or soft grain. The soft grain will cook faster, and the hard grain usually needs to be soaked in water overnight. Either can be used in this recipe, just follow the cooking instructions for whichever kind you buy. This recipe works great at room temperature or slightly cooled.

1/2 cup wheat berries
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon finely minced onion
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons golden raisins
Flat-leaf parsley, for garnish, optional

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add wheat berries. Lower heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour, until wheat berries are tender but still slightly chewy. After 45 minutes, begin tasting grains to test for texture. Drain wheat berries and set aside in a medium bowl.
2. In a dry sauté pan, add almonds and toast for 1-2 minutes until lightly golden brown and fragrant. Add to wheat berries. Add butter to same pan and when melted, add onion and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add to bowl and stir with wheat berries. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in raisins and parsley (if using), and serve.

Serves 1.


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