Author Notes: Picnic perfect, this Orangy Wheat Berry and Orzo Salad will make your potluck contribution stand out well above all the rest. Spirited, zesty, citrusy, and spry; this dish breaths new life into one of summer’s most iconic sides, the pasta salad. Crunchy wheat berries, silky orzo, and fleshy orange segments are sprinkled with a generous garnish of biting scallions and steely pine nuts. Prep is picnic-friendly too: nothing to wilt if a big batch is made the night before, and the salad can sit at room temp for hours in the picnic setting. —KvellintheKitchen
Serves: 6-8 sides
cup wheat berries
oranges, peeled and chopped
cup freshly squeezed orange juice (or 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate)
cup white wine vinegar
teaspoons pine nuts, toasted
salt & pepper to taste
- Cook wheat berries according to package directions. (Cooking time is approximately 1 hour, so start on these guys first.) When finished, place into a large bowl and let cool.
- Cook orzo according to package directions. Let orzo cool, and add to bowl with wheat berries.
- Reduce orange juice to a glaze in small saucepan. (If using orange juice concentrate, replace this step —as it is already reduced—with microwaving for 15 seconds or until no longer frozen.) When the orange juice reduction has cooled, mix oil, vinegar, and a generous sprinkle of salt & pepper into the saucepan.
- Pour orange juice reduction into the large bowl, and mix thoroughly. Just before serving, sprinkle with the pine nuts and scallions.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Recipe