Friday, 24 January 2014

WHEAT BERRY SALAD W/ ROASTED WINTER VEGETABLES


Despite my love for whole grains, it is such a shame that I have failed to upload posts on the same. The last and only one that I posted was these rustic Crunchy Sticky Wheat Pops which is not only simple but ideal for this cold weather.

In fact I find whole grains ideal for winter salads and meals. They have this warm and comforting feel about them.  They have the versatility of being dished out as a salad and when paired with roasted/ grilled veggies or poultry make for a wholesome meal. Soft and chewy, wheat is an excellent source of protein, fiber, zinc, iron, magnesium and has anti oxidants too. It is as healthy as a salad can be!

Since the weather here has been cool and pleasant with just a wee bit of nip in the air, and I am certain it won’t last for long; I might as well enjoy it with this wonderful salad that has the goodness of roasted veggies and wholesomeness of wheat berries. J

For Salad:
1 Cup Wheat Berries
1½ tsp salt 
½ cup Peas (frozen or fresh)
2 cups Cauliflower florets
2 cups Broccoli florets
1 cup Pumpkin (diced in bite size pieces)
A handful of Pomegranate seeds
Few leaves Mint (optional)
Few sprigs Coriander (optional)

For Dressing: 
3 tsp Pomegranate Molasses
3 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
A dash of Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Olive Oil
A sprinkling of dry crushed Oregano 
Salt and Pepper to taste



Take approximately 1.5 - 2 litres of water in a large pan. Boil the water and add salt and wheat berries. Cook till done but still chewy. (You may need to add more water depending on the cooking time the wheat berries would take)

Meanwhile, heat the oven at 190 degrees C. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and arrange the florets of broccoli and cauliflower along with pumpkin on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for approx 25-30 minutes (the cooking time will vary depending on the size of veggies)or till the veggies are slightly charred and done (I slightly retain their crunch). Do not forget to turn them over half way through. 

Whisk together all the ingredients of the dressing and keep aside. 

In a large mixing bowl add the wheat berries, roasted veggies, peas (I didn't cook them) and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle the dressing and serve warm or at room temperature. 

Serves 5-6

Note: The time of cooking wheat berries will depend on their quality. It can vary from 45 minutes to over an hour. 
Note: Soak the wheat berries over night to save on fuel and time. 
Note: Remember, that you will need less salt in the dressing since we had added salt in the wheat berries while cooking them and also in the veggies while roasting them. 


54 comments:

  1. We don't have winter over here. Usually our weather plays sparks, one minute rain next burning heat. And wheat berry is also unheard off. Yet I'm sure I can look for something else to replace it and get hold of this delicious healthy salad for our meal.

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    1. Weathet is never cold here too but i always look for excuses to make this salad ;-)

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  2. The salad is not only healthy but just stunning visually and great for winter since a bit more hardy with wheat berries (which I think I never had). And I have pomegranate molasses at home already, the dressing looks yummy.

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    1. You rightly said....it is a visual treat too!

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  3. What a wonderful meal! I love this way of eating - so healthy and delicious - can't wait to taste it!
    Mary x

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  4. I love wheat berries, their chewy texture is wonderful. This salad is gorgeous with the colours,t textures and the lovely flavours!

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    1. Same here Nazneen....love the chewy texture.

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  5. I love all the colors!! It's certainly is a healthy salad that I would love to eat. :)

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  6. Such a pretty salad! And so full of texture and flavor, too. This is wonderful -- thank you.

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  7. As a small kid I used to think bubblegum was made from gehu :))
    Wheat berry soaked and cooked is new to me.Love the variety of flavors going on in the salad from pomegranate to oregano combined with pumpkin.
    Ur posts are so refreshing Taruna, always help me see Indian food from a new angle.

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    1. Its funny how we perceive the world through our innocent naive eyes!
      Thanx my friend :-)

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  8. What a Healthy Bowl of Salad, Love the Colors and wide spread of Veggies in this recipe!

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  9. Beautiful, colorful, healthy and appetizing. A fabulous salad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. This is one healthy and delicious winter salad!

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    1. I love having this salad in winters.

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  11. Oh, this sounds so amazing! What a lovely combination of flavors and textures. And so pretty, too!

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  12. I love a wheat berry salad! Their chewy texture and nutty flavor is fabulous. Your salad looks especially good. The pomegranate dressing must taste amazing!

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    1. The dressing was indeed delicious. I was licking it on its own ;-)

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  13. Lovin the charred and caramelized veggies salad!!!
    btw, i guess the dressing could be a delicious glaze for roasting the veggies too

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    1. You said it!! Would try it next time : D

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  14. I love wheat berries...and your salad looks amazing!!!! I love every single ingredient...so yummy!

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  15. Its a healthy, colorful and tempting salad. Pomegranate molasses is something new to me...interesting.

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    1. Pom molasses are lovely n I think you should give it a try.

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  16. This is really lovely salad, love the color and veggies I haven't cooked wheat beeries. I will try this one.

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    1. You must try it...the texture n taste of wheat grains will amaze you.

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  17. Love the colors, the flavors and textures in this masterpiece salad! Amazing!

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  18. Yum! What a great salad...like the textures and colors of this salad...I would love to have this salad as a meal.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you have a great week :D

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  19. What a hearty and healthy salad! I love salads, but most are too "cold" for the winter. This is definitely a cold weather salad! Thanks!!!

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    1. This really is meant for winters. Hoping you will enjoy it :-)

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  20. The salad looks colorful, healthy and so tempting!

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  21. Such a pretty, hearty winter salad and so many flavors in that dressing, love it!

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  22. Such a beautiful salad and full of so many of my favorite flavors!

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  23. Looks so colorful and healthy! wonderful salad recipe..

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  24. I love all the ingredients and with all these colors it is very appealing in my eyes too!

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  25. Delicious and healthy salad with beautiful colors, fantastic!

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  26. Tasty, light and healthy - who could wish for more?
    Love the addition of Pomegranate, it gives such a great taste and color.

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  27. So delicious and definitely a healthy salad :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  28. Very colourful salad! I have not seen wheat berries in India so far.

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  29. Beautiful salad! I have never heard of wheat berries, is there another name for them?

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  30. Se ve muy delicioso y bonito color su ensalada saludable,abrazos.

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  31. What a beautiful and nutritious salad!

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  32. I love wheat berries, and used to make a bread with them. Now, a salad is much easier, and this one looks just perfect! Pomegranate molasses in the dressing? How intriguing!

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  33. This is such a colorful dish .. very tasty to look at so I bet the taste is one of the best.

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  34. Hearty deliciousness! I love the textures and color of this salad :)

    Pinned!

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  35. Thank you so much everyone for your visits and taking out a few moments from your precious time to leave your thoughts n encouraging words.

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  36. Roasted veggies are easy to make, packed with great nutrition, and light... it's all good stuff! You make it pretty with your magic touch. :)

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  37. Love the salad with its bright colors and flavor combination. Yummy!

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