Crunchy Wheat Berry and Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Crunchy Wheat Berry and Rice Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Serves 6 to 8
Red winter wheat berries join with brown rice as the base for this hearty salad packed with herb-roasted vegetables. Great as a stand alone dinner or served alongside roasted chicken, fish or tofu. Be sure to soak the grains ahead of time to reduce cooking time and ensure a tender bite.
Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup medium-grain brown rice
  • 1/2 cup hard red winter wheat berries
  • 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut into 2-inch sections
  • 2 small turnips, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 4 carrots, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped herbs of your choice (rosemary, thyme, chives, etc.)
  • 10 cremini or white button mushrooms, stems trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
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Method: 
Rinse rice and wheat berries and soak, covered, in water 6 hours or overnight. After soaking, place rice, wheat berries and 2 cups water in a large heavy pot, cover and place over medium low for 20 minutes. Turn the heat to high and, when steam begins to escape from the lid, turn heat to medium low. Simmer for 50 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 to 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place onion, turnips, carrots and butternut squash in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, herbs, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat evenly. Spread vegetables on two rimmed baking sheets and roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Toss mushrooms with 1/4 teaspoons olive oil and add to one of the roasting pans. Roast vegetables for 15 minutes, until tender enough to be pierced with a fork.

To make the vinaigrette, whisk together 6 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, salt, white wine vinegar, mustard, and garlic. When grains are cooked, mix half the vinaigrette with warm grains. Combine vegetables with grains and mix in remaining vinaigrette. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 400 calories (200 from fat), 23g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 780mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, (5 g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 6g protein.
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