We have been trying to get more whole grains into our diet. More on the why’s of that at a later time. But recently, I have been learning how to cook Hard Red Wheat and have fallen in love with the warm sweet nutty flavor that it fills the house with.
So I cooked up a batch in the Instant Pot and threw together a cold summer salad for us to share over dinner. As my husband was walking through the kitchen he snuck a bite and then proceeded to tell me that I needed to write it all down because he needed the salad in his life forever!
No better compliment then that is there? So here is the recipe.
Tabitha’s Wheat Berry Summer Salad
- 1 Cup hard red wheat berries
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup diced jicama
- 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (red, yellow or orange)
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- 1/2 cup red onion
- 1/2 of one diced jalapeno
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Put the hard wheat berries and the water in the instant pot and lock lead and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. Natural release of 10 minutes then drain and let cool.
Add all other ingredients to the berries once cooled.
- 3 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP lime juice
- 1 TBSP honey
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp finely chopped orange zest
Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad.