Spelt (also called farro) is a high-protein grain with a mellow nutty flavor, and it provides an alternative to bulgur for those who have wheat allergies. (Bulgur is a good substitute if you do not have spelt for this dish.) It's nice chilled or at room temperature. Include a cluster of red grapes and crusty Italian bread in your bag. Spelt Salad with White Beans and Artichokes is a delicious dish that you will make again and again.
1 1/4 cups uncooked spelt (farro), rinsed and drained
2 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup minced red onion
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
How to Make It
Combine spelt and 2 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed.
Combine cooked spelt, mint, and the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
I am going to be one of those annoying people who did not follow the recipe and yet rates it. I used quinoa because no spelt in the house. No fresh mint in the garden, and I made just enough for myself and guessed the vinaigrette amounts. I also add a dab of agave nectar to the lemon juice to cut it's sharpness. I thought the combo of lemon dressing, red onion, parsley, white bean and grain was a real winner. Ate it warm. I think some feta, chopped, fresh tomato, bell pepper or chopped arugula would also be very nice.
I had never heard of spelt before so I was a bit skeptical to try this out. However, I was very pleased with the final results and would def. recommended this to anyone who is looking for a quick lunch to make.
This was a great, serviceable weeknight meatless main. I used kamut, dry navy beans, fresh lime juice and zest, and dried parsley and was still impressed. Might add cucumber and/or tomato tomorrow to change it up. Very fast!
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