Wheat Berry and Broccoli Salad

My experimentation with new ingredients continues with the whole grain wheat berries. Nutty, chewy and satisfying.

Wheat Berry and Broccoli Salad
with Sesame Dressing
all the ingredients can be found at HyVee (some in the health market section)
Ingredients for salad:
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1 1/2 c wheat berries, soaked for an hour or two
1 c green onion, trimmed and chopped
1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped
sesame seeds (black ones if you can find them in your grocery store)
Ingredients for dressing:
2 T olive or canola oil oil
3 t rice vinegar
1 T light tamari (soy sauce)
1 T sesame oil
juice of one half lemon
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 T tahini (sesame seed butter…see image below)

Instructions for dressing:
Place all ingredients in a small Mason jar with lid. Shake well. Viola! You can use this dressing for lettuce salads or to jazz up your steamed brown rice or veggies.

Instructions for salad:
Steam broccoli until tender, do not overcook. Reserve 3 cups of the cooking water you used to boil the broccoli. If you steamed the broccoli instead of boiled then measure out 3 cups of water (or maybe 2 c water and 1 cup veggie broth for flavor) and set aside.
Drain soaking wheat berries. Bring reserved 3 cups broccoli water to a boil in saucepan and add wheat berries. Cook for one hour or until berries are tender (almost feel like they pop in your mouth).

Remove from heat and drain. Let cool. In serving bowl combine broccoli and wheat berries. Add chopped green onions and red pepper. Gently toss with sesame dressing and chill. Top with sesame seeds before serving.

J and I are off to Montrose/Telluride, CO to visit my brother and his wife! Be back next week to share all our food experiences while there.

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good