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|Wilted Spinach Salad with Kamut|
|Written by Whole Grain Gourmet|
|Saturday, 17 May 2008 20:06|
On a beautiful spring day, perhaps nothing makes a better lunch than a salad that is at once refreshing and hearty. Something that will give you the nutrients and energy to get through an active outdoor day without slowing you down. This morning, I awoke inspired to whip up a hearty grain salad for lunch. A trip to the market yielded some yellow squash, fresh mushrooms, red onions, and red pears. My local health food store recently started carrying Kamut so it seemed like an appropriate time to experiment with it.Kamut is an ancient grain which, some claim, was first cultivated more than 6000 years ago in the Nile river valley. Kamut is richer in protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential lipids than modern wheat varieties. It is characterized by a milder, more buttery flavor.
I prepared the Kamut a day in advance and, after tasting it, decided that it would work well with some sauteed vegetables over wilted spinach. I chose to caramelize the squash and red onions, pan roast the sliced garlic, and lightly brown the mushrooms. I then created a warm balsamic vinaigrette in the same pan, thus incorporating all of the brown bits from the onions and garlic. Red pear introduces some sweetness for balance. Pecorino Romano punctuates it all with delicious bursts of salty goodness.
The result was a delightfully fresh, nutritionally rich, and satisfying lunch with a Tuscan leaning. We really enjoyed it as a vegetarian meal, but it would work well if complimented with grilled meat. At a glance, it may appear to be a lot of work. However, aside from boiling the kamut, it all happens sequentially in a single pan.
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