This is just the season to be investigating new salads and this is how I found this one.
I always like trying something new. I can’t resist a new recipe especially if it uses familiar ingredients with a twist. A new recipe injects a new enthusiasm into one’s everyday cooking which is something we all need from time to time and that’s certainly how I feel!
I don’t know about you but I am really into grains and pulses, probably as a result of living in Turkey all this time. This salad uses buğday or wheat. The other ingredients are easy: onion, orange, and fresh thyme. How does that sound? Healthy above all, I would say; then, cheap, and with a taste that is so different from the usual tomato/cucumber combination.
Wheat Grain Salad with Orange & Fresh Thyme/Kekikli Portakallı Buğday Salatası:
- Soak the wheat grains in water overnight. Save the water and the next day, boil the grains in the same water until softened. Add extra hot water if necessary. Strain.
- While the wheat is cooling, add the lemon juice, orange juice, grated peel and flesh, olive oil and salt. Mix well and leave to cool.
- Add the chopped spring onion and thyme. Mix well and then leave for 15 minutes for the tastes to blend.
- If desired, add orange slices to garnish.
NB I would say, add as much chopped spring onion as desired. As with all these savoury dishes, the ultimate taste is up to you – you can adjust all tastes to your palate!