Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spelt and Wild Rice Salad (Hot or Cold)

We had taken DD2 to an event last week which offered lunch. I am not very fond of cold sandwiches and salads but this one with wheat or it might have been farro along with some red rice was crunchy and delicious. I had some spelt sitting in the pantry and this salad seemed a great idea to put it to good use. Don't get me wrong when I say the last thing I want to cook on certain days is an Indian meal but we still want something tasty and good. I bet all of you have those kind of days.

The salad from that lunch, had farro or some whole wheat grain, onions, lime/lemon juice, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Light and refreshing it was one of the best cold salads I have tasted. The list of such salads that I have tasted is very short because I usually keep away from cold salads. I prefer to eat food that is warm. I still don't get why most of these salads are all cooked and then chilled before serving!!

I added some wild rice and we had the spelt salad with some roasted broccoli. I don't like raw onions so I soaked them in some lime juice. You can skip the onions altogether or add them raw and either way would be delicious.

I have never given much thought to using whole wheat, spelt or farro cooked whole. I am glad I tasted the salad as this is fast becoming one of our favorites as the possibilities are endless. You can add some grilled vegetables, grilled chicken or shrimp making it a complete meal on its own.

We had the salad while it was still warm. Hot or Cold it is going to be please your taste bud. I always have some hot sauce Sriracha to be exact but the red kind, recently I found this green Sriracha which is slightly less pungent than the red one and bit more refreshing because of the lemon juice and cilantro in it. That is what I used for this salad but feel free to use something that you like.

Wild Rice

If you want to top it with roasted broccoli, here is the recipe I used.

Spelt requires about 30 minutes of cooking. I used the electric rice cooker. Feel free to use a pressure cooker or cook on the stove top. I cooked the wild rice and spelt together because they required the same amount of water to cook and the cooking time was same.

Cook the spelt and wild rice and when done transfer to a mixing/serving bowl. Add the onions to the rice.
Mix in the onions, olive oil and sriracha sauce.
Top with roasted broccoli and sliced avocado.

Spelt and Wild Rice Salad
Preparation Time:15 minutes + 20 minutes soaking time
Cooking Time:30 minutes
  1. 1 cup of whole spelt
  2. 1 cup of wild rice or brown or red rice
  3. 1/2 cup of finely chopped onions
  4. 2 tbsp of lime or lemon juice
  5. 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  6. salt to taste
  7. 1-2 tbsp of green sriracha sauce or any sauce or condiment you prefer.
  8. 3 head of broccoli florets roasted
  9. Avocado slices

  1. Wash and soak the whole spelt for about 20 minutes or so. Rinse again and transfer to the electric cooker with 3 cups of water. Add in the wild rice and another 3 cups of water. (see Note:)
  2. While the spelt is cooking roast the broccoli.
  3. Soak the onions in lime juice for about 30 minutes or so.
  4. Once the spelt is cooked fluff it up and transfer to a serving container and mix the onions, olive oil and salt if required and the sriracha sauce and combine.
  5. Top with roasted broccoli and sliced avocado.
  6. Note:I added the wild rice and spelt together because of the same amount of liquid required and the cooking time being the same. If the rice you are using requires different cooking times, cook them separately.

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