Updated On: May 14 2009 05:59:14 AM EDT
Accompany this healthful salad with soup and crispy crackers for a lunch that's both light and satisfying.
4 cups water
Dash of salt
1 cup wheatberries
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup coarsely chopped red onion
2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
½ cup Gewurztraminer or other medium-sweet, fruity white wine
One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat; add the salt. Rinse the wheatberries in a strainer under cool water, and then add to the saucepan. When the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer, adding more water if necessary, until the wheatberries are tender, about 1 hour. Drain if necessary. Spread the wheat berries on a baking sheet to cool.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and wine; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 8 minutes.
Stir the mushroom mixture and the remaining ingredients into the wheatberries. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Transfer the salad to a covered container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for up to 3 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Paulette Mitchell, a culinary instructor, television personality, spokesperson, freelance food writer, and the award-winning author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. Paulette's most recently published cookbook is "The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh." She is also the author of "A Beautiful Bowl of Soup" and "The Spirited Vegetarian," which was voted "Best Book in the World on Cooking with Wine" at the 2005 Gourmand World Media Awards. Paulette says that international travel is her favorite source of culinary inspiration.