Spelt Salads

Somewhere out there is a reader who’s upset that I never actually posted the uses for spelt that I promised you. Ian, these are for you. (Both recipes, if you can call them that, are mine.)

Spelt, Barley, and Walnut Salad

1 c. cooked spelt
1 c. cooked bulgur
1/4 to 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped
about 1/2 a small red onion, chopped
a nice handful of tarragon, chopped
juice of a lemon or two
about 1/4 c. olive oil
salt and pepper

1) Combine the spelt, bulgur, waluts, onion, and tarragon.

2) Make a vinaigrette by mixing the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

3) Toss everything together and let it sit at least an hour before serving.

Spelt, Brown Rice, and Bok Choy Salad with Sesame Oil

1 c. cooked spelt
2 c. cooked brown rice
a big pile of bok choy, cut into little ribbons
a small hot pepper, cut into little strips
a couple of scallions, cut into 2 inch pieces, then sliced in half
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
2 T sesame oil

1) Mix the spelt, brown rice, bok choy, hot peppers, and scallions.

2) Make a vinaigrette from the soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil.

3) Toss everything together and let it sit at least an hour before serving.

The Big Picture

Considering their ingredients, both of these were surprisingly tasty. The second one needed a little extra something: add more salt, or soy sauce, or lime juice, or hot sauce, or even nam plah (fish sauce), depending on what you like. If you want to create your own spelt salad, the basic pattern is:

1 c. cooked spelt
at least 1 c. of another grain (otherwise the spelt is just overwhelming)
something to give it character: nuts, vegetables, possibly even fruit
a vinaigrette that goes with the nuts/vegetables/fruit

Please leave a comment if you come up with a good one!

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1 comment to Spelt Salads

  • sweetie

    amazing recipes! love your site. i’ve been wanting to give new grains a try and your pressure cooker instructions are right up my alley!