Compliments feel so good don’t they? Maybe someone mentions the color you are wearing looks good on you, someone notices you’ve lost a couple of pounds, or someone pays you a compliment on the great work you've done. To me, the best compliment someone can pay is asking for the recipe of something I've made.
Last week, we went to an end-of-the-year potluck picnic at the faith based youth group our boys attend. Potlucks are always a fun opportunity to make something that lots of people will taste, and maybe without realizing it, get a healthy dose of nutrition.
I knew this Bacon, Bell Pepper and Bean Salad would keep well sitting out for a couple of hours. It's super quick to throw together and is adaptable to whatever is on hand. I happened to have mixed color bell peppers in the fridge and edamame in the freezer so that’s what made the cut. I also had a bounty of locally grown wheat berries so I chose them as the grain base. Certainly couscous, barley, rice, farro or quinoa would work just as well.
When making this salad I didn’t really have a formal recipe. But because someone asked me for the recipe, I smile on the inside, and offer it to you as well. Thanks Maria for making my day :)
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
Bacon, Bell Pepper and Bean Salad
- 2 cups wheat berries from Fair Shares CSA (could also use couscous, barley or farro)
- 3 slices bacon (we used Todd Geisert Farms, Washington, MO)
- 1/2 medium sized onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 cup bell pepper, preferably red, yellow or orange
- parsley for garnish (optional)
- Place wheat berries in medium saucepan, cover with water, bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, transfer to large bowl.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. discard fat in the pan, then add chopped onion to skillet and saute for about 3 minutes until translucent. Add cooked onions to wheat berries in bowl.
- Add vinegar, pepper, edamame, and chopped bell pepper, stir well.
- Garnish with parsley if desired.