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Wheatberry, Edamame and Black Bean Salad

04 Apr
Edamame and wheatberries pair up in this awesome salad

Wheatberry, black bean and edamame salad

Warm weather makes me crave cold salads. I ♥ wheat berries and all the other ingredients in this salad. I can’t recall where I found the original recipe but I tweaked it to suit my Southwestern via the South culinary roots.

I’m fairly certain this was designed to be a vegetarian dish. If you’re like me and you need a little extra protein in your meals, boiled shrimp makes an awesome addition to this dish. The flavors remind me of a shrimp stuffed avocado dish I had once at a restaurant on top of the point in Puerto Penasco. The Asian dressing gives this dish a surprising twist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked wheat berries*
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed †
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Boiled shrimp – optional

Dressing:

  • 1 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, mince

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into large mixing bowl. Mix dressing in separate container. Add enough dressing to cover salad to your preference. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours until flavors have a chance to meld. Save extra dressing for use in other salads.

Kat’s tips:

* Wheat berries are easy to cook; no pre-soaking is required. Boil 3 cups of water. Add 1 cup of dried wheat berries, reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes. Drain and rinse with water. I usually cook a few cups at a time in a large Dutch oven and freeze them in one cup servings. Dried wheat berries can be found in the bulk sections of Frys and Sprouts.

† Frozen, shelled edamame can be found at Sprouts all the time. Frys carries this but not consistently. One bag will be sufficient to make 3 batches of various salads.

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Bean Mausoleum, Grains, Quick dinner, Salads

 

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