This salad is excellent picnic food and I make it to take with us sometimes when we go out for the day. But I do make it quite often otherwise too. Shri likes to take it for lunch so this is what the girls and I had for lunch too, yesterday, with the steamed trout.
Wheat berry Salad
Wheat berries – 125 gms
Chickpeas – 1 can (drained weight 200 grams)
Sweet corn – 1 can (drained weight 140 grams) or a little more if you like
Frozed or fresh green beans – I do this by approximation; enough for a salad for 6
Tomatoes – 2 large or 3 small, diced (in to chunks not too small)
salt to taste
Pesto – again, approximate as per taste ; use just enough to coat the salad ingredients well, say 4 tablespoons but not too much
(I always leave the pesto out near the cooking surface for a while because most bottled varieties tend to be quite thick to begin with but actually contain a lot of oil, so they become a little more fluid this way, which makes me feel I am able to use less than I would otherwise. I may be wrong about this but that is what I hope is happening !!)
Snap the frozen beans in to 1 inch or 1 and half inch long pieces and place these in a steaming basket/container. Bring a large quantity of water in a sauce pan to boil, add the wheat berries and cook them till they are soft enough for you. As the wheat berries cook, steam the beans till they are soft (but not so much that they are easily squashed; they will cook well before the wheat berries are done) on top of the same saucepan.
In the meanwhile put all the other ingredients except the salt in a large bowl. When the beans are done, cool them and add them to the bowl, sprinkle some salt on top and mix everything well.
Drain the wheat berries when they are done, allow them to cool (else I tend to think the heat will soften the tomatoes too much, making the salad kind of mushy) and toss with all the other ingredients.
This is light and delicious, a great salad any time of the year. Noor and I love it with cherry tomatoes instead of the regular kind. Grated carrots work well too.