Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Spelt Salad

I wanted to use up the last of the spelt today. Mostly because it tastes good, but secondarily because I'm trying to work through the stuff in the Cave. I wasn't really looking for a meal, so much as a filling snack, which meant that a salad was the way to go. By the way, is it helpful to you all when I put links that describe what might be considered exotic ingredients? Or do y'all not care one way or the other? You could use regular whole wheat in this in place of spelt, if you wanted to. I don't think there'd be a significant difference of any sort. Also, you could add some grilled chicken or tuna if you wanted some meat in it. Hope you enjoy!

1/4 pound spelt
1 teaspoon each: vinegar (I used tangerine-basil vinegar), orange blossom water
water

1 carrot, diced
1 tablespoon capers
1/2 cup diced quick pickles
1/4 cup shaved onion

juice of one lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons za'atar
1/2 teaspoon each: harissa, tomato paste
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses

Combine the orange blossom water, vinegar, wheat and water and simmer until the wheat is soft but still has some bite. This takes about forty minutes or so. Let it cook completely, then drain. Add second batch of ingredients and stir to combine. Whisk together the third batch of ingredients and fold into the salad. Chill and serve.

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