In this country it is very very rare that we eat wheat in its WHOLE form. The kernel of the wheat is called a wheat berry and is very nutritious when cooked. People shy away a little because of how long it takes to cook. For this recipe below I used my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker (which I absolutely love) and it took less than an hour from start to finish. The wheat berries freeze nicely too.
3 cups cooked wheat berries (about 1 ½ cups dry white or red wheat)
1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/4 dried cranberries
Corn cut from one cob, optional
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBS fresh basil, chopped
Combine all of the above ingredients into a large bowl. Prepare the salad dressing and pour over the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS rice vinegar
Juice from 1 lemon – about 2 TBS
2 TBS honey
Combine all of ingredients and mix until the honey is dissolved.
(A Vitamix works great!)