You can call me Edith (weizenwind) wrote in vegancooking,
You can call me Edith

Grünkern salad

Grünkern is a lovely thing popular in the German-speaking world. It's spelt/farro that's been harvested young (thus the "green" in the name) and then smoked. If you have ready access to Grünkern, by all means use it for this (and send me a package, please, since I just used the last of mine). If not, you could make this with regular spelt berries, wheat berries, or long-grain brown rice.

Salad stuff:

1 cup uncooked Grünkern, cooked in two cups of water
2-3 small red onions, cut in wedges and broiled with oil until soft and just turning black
1 can (15 oz.) red or white kidney beans, well rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded, steamed kale or other sturdy greens
1 cup toasted walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts, coarsely chopped or crumbled
handful parsley, finely chopped
2-3 Tbsp. finely chopped scallions
Fresh tomato for garnish


3-4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar (or other)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. (or more) salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. smoked paprika (optional--try adding this if you don't have Grünkern to introduce the smoky flavor)
Tags: ethnic food-danish&german, grains(uncategorized), grains-spelt, picnic-foods, salads-bean salads, salads-grain
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