Wheat Berry Salad with Blood Oranges, Feta, and Red Onion Vinaigrette
- 1 cup soft wheat berries
- 6 tablespoons Red Onion Vinaigrette (below)
- 2 blood oranges
- 3 ounces feta cheese, cut into chunks
- Handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Optional: 1 cup diced fennel, diced radishes, sliced green onions, or diced celery
- Red Onion Vinaigrette
- Makes about 1 cup
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (from about 3 sprigs)
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper
Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a medium sauce pan. Add a sprinkle of salt and the wheat berries. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the wheat berries are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. Drain.
In a medium bowl, combine the warm wheat berries with the vinaigrette. Stir to combine. Cut the blood oranges into segments (supremes) and dice small. Add the orange pieces, feta, parsley, and any additional vegetables to the wheat berries. Toss and serve.
Leftovers will keep refrigerated for one week.
Red Onion Vinaigrette
Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer the onion mixture to a tall-sided container along with the vinegars, extra-virgin olive oil, sugar, salt, and a few grinds of fresh pepper. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Alternatively, blend in a blender or food processor. Keeps refrigerated for several weeks.
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