This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (Wheat Berry and Tuna Salad, p 139) was one I was super excited about – not for the tuna, mind you (I had no intention of making a tuna dish, it’s one of the fish I really cannot eat) – because it involved wheat berries. Wheat berries are becoming very mainstream but I have been eating since I lived in France and ate Ebly, the quick cooking variety, very very often. I remember friends visiting me in France eating the wheat berry salad I served them asking me what it was and I literally had no idea what it was in English, having not seen this type of product before living in Paris. When I arrived in Canada, the only way I would get my fix was when I visited France and brought back a few packets to ration for myself! Now, of course, you can get wheat berries in most health-food stores (I found mine at the local supermarket!) so it’s much less exotic. Though I have never seen the quick cook variety at home, I am just pleased to get the regular kind and recreate the kinds of salads I virtually live off of when I am in France (as in, the past 10 days!).
I made this for a friend the night before I left for Paris (well, for the first time…) and we both loved it. I didn’t substitute anything for the missing tuna but just added hard boiled eggs and goat cheese for protein and some avocado for healthy fats. Served on a bed of arugula, this made for a wonderfully satisfying meal that you felt good about eating.
No sooner had I arrived in France than I was off to the supermarket to get some staples, including Ebly – sometimes when I am jetlagged I just want a fast meal that is filling and Ebly with a few tomatoes and maybe a hard boiled egg always does the trick. I also bought my favourite Tipiak Céréales Méditerranéennes and made a whole lot of different salads in this manner over the past week.
It’s so simple with a mustard vinaigrette, celery, onion, apple, peppers and tomatoes mixed into the wheat berries, but it has so much going on – it’s what I like to tell my dad is an “interesting salad” – yes, Dad, they do exist! Have mum make this one for you – it’s fantastic!
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