Saturday, May 07, 2005

Wheat Berry Barley and Tomato Salad

Wheat Berry Barley and Tomato Salad (Adapted from Canadian Living)

1 cup dry wheat berries, well rinsed and drained
3 1/2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup dry pearl barley
2 cups grape tomatoes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
2 green onions, thinly sliced

In a large saucepan, add wheat berries, water and 1/2 teaspoon salt - bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Stir in barley - continue to cook, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes more. Drain well and place the cooked grains in a large bowl.

While you are waiting, cut the tomatoes in half. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, thyme, pepper and remaining salt - cook until warm and softened, about 5 minutes. Pour mixture over the grains in the large bowl and gently toss well to coat. Fold in cheese and green onions.

Makes about 6 servings.

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