I was in the mood for a healthy, light summer salad over the weekend and went to our little local organic market for fresh ingredients and inspiration. I started with wheat berries... these are so so good for you, as they are a whole grain with the kernel still intact, so they are filled with fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium. I grabbed some burrata cheese and bacon, which are not so good for you, but holy crap they taste amazing! Just use less of those ingredients when assembling the salad... they are really just there for the flavor. A little olive oil and the juice from the stone fruit is all this salad needs for dressing, and the sweetness of the fruit perfectly complements the peppery arugula and the nutty flavor of the wheat berries. I served my salad with a nice, crisp Rosé courtesy of Bonny Doon Vineyard that had been sitting on ice all day, and it made for a perfect summer Sunday dinner out in the garden.
- Organic baby arugula (I buy this one)
- 1 cup wheat berries (there are a few different varieties; I bought the soft white variety)
- 2-3 pieces stone fruit (I used a pluot and a black plum)
- Burrata cheese
- 3-4 pieces bacon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
Get the wheat berries started first; boil 1 cup wheat berries in 3 cups water. Cover and let simmer for 45-50 minutes. Start to check around this time to see if they're soft and chewy. Once they are, turn off the heat and let sit.
While the wheat berries are boiling, cook the bacon to desired texture... I leave mine a little chewy because I don't like it to be too crumbly. When done, set aside on paper towels to cool and soak up any excess bacon fat.
ASSEMBLING THE SALAD
- Drizzle the olive oil lightly over the baby arugula in a large mixing bowl and mix around well to get it all lightly dressed, and place the greens as the base on your plate or in a bowl.
- Next, put a 1/2 cup sized scoop of the cooked wheat berries on top
- Cut fresh burrata cheese into desired-sized slices and place on top of the wheat berries (this is a personal preference, but I like me some burrata, so I tend to be generous!)
- Cut the stone fruit into slices, removing the pits, and assemble around the burrata
- Chop up the bacon into bits and sprinkle over the top!