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Wheat Berry Salad with Harissa and Pistachios

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I haven't exactly been clamoring to get wheat berries in my life, but it was still cool to finally make their acquaintance. This recipe from Chow features the grain in a summery little salad with currants, pistachios, and some spicy harissa. The wheat berries are simply cooked until tender in simmering water, which should take less than an hour. They come out kind of tasting like couscous, meaning they still have a little bite to them.

It's odd that wheat berries kind of taste like couscous, because that's exactly what this salad reminds me of. It's the kind of dish that feels good to have in the fridge, ready for a quick snack or a nice little side for a main meal.

If you're planning on making this the bulk of a dinner, do what I did and pair it with Savory Mint Lamb Chops. The luscious lamb helps give this dish some teeth.

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