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Spring Wheatberry Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Spring Wheatberry Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Smashed Mint Dressing
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Spring Wheatberry Salad with Roasted Asparagus and Smashed Mint Dressing

Spring Wheatberry Salad with Roasted Asparagus

In the recent rush to discover new and different grains, wheatberries have been overlooked. But these wheat kernels have a wonderful nutty flavor and chewy texture, and they’re packed with plenty of good stuff – protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Here, they are paired with a spring mixture of asparagus and onions and a fresh mint vinaigrette.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time1 hr 15 minsTotal Time1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

 2 hard red wheatberries, not quick cooking or instant (about 1 lb)
 kosher salt
 1 bunch asparagus, preferably thick (about 1 1/2 lb), trimmed and cut in 2 inch pieces
 1 large red bell pepper, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
 1 large red onion (about 3/4 lb), cut into 1 inch wedges
 7 tbsp Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 freshly ground black pepper
 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
 1 cup crumbled feta; more to taste

Directions

1

Heat the oven to 450°F.

2

Set the wheatberries in a large pot and cover with 3 quarts water. Stir in 2 tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the grains become tender, about 1 hour.

3

Rinse in a colander under cold running water for 15 seconds to rid the grains of some of their surface starch. Then drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl.

4

Meanwhile, scatter the asparagus and onion on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Toss with 2 Tbs. of the oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the wheatberries.

5

Add the mint and the remaining 5 Tbs. olive oil to a small bowl. Using a spoon, smash the mint against the sides of the bowl to incorporate its flavor. Whisk in the sherry vinegar, then pour over the wheatberry mixture.

6

Toss the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste. Fold in the feta and serve warm or at room temperature.

Ingredients

 2 hard red wheatberries, not quick cooking or instant (about 1 lb)
 kosher salt
 1 bunch asparagus, preferably thick (about 1 1/2 lb), trimmed and cut in 2 inch pieces
 1 large red bell pepper, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
 1 large red onion (about 3/4 lb), cut into 1 inch wedges
 7 tbsp Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 freshly ground black pepper
 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
 1 cup crumbled feta; more to taste

Directions

1

Heat the oven to 450°F.

2

Set the wheatberries in a large pot and cover with 3 quarts water. Stir in 2 tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the grains become tender, about 1 hour.

3

Rinse in a colander under cold running water for 15 seconds to rid the grains of some of their surface starch. Then drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl.

4

Meanwhile, scatter the asparagus and onion on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Toss with 2 Tbs. of the oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the wheatberries.

5

Add the mint and the remaining 5 Tbs. olive oil to a small bowl. Using a spoon, smash the mint against the sides of the bowl to incorporate its flavor. Whisk in the sherry vinegar, then pour over the wheatberry mixture.

6

Toss the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste. Fold in the feta and serve warm or at room temperature.

Spring Wheatberry Salad with Roasted Asparagus

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