Mexican-Style Kamut Berry, Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

Mexican-Style Kamut Berry, Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

Kamut is an ancient variety of wheat believed to have originated in ancient Egypt and — as the story goes — only recently cultivated again in modern times after the discovery of a few seeds in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Compared to most wheat, kamut is richer in protein, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, and is more generally more easily digested and tolerated by people with gluten sensitivities.

Aside from these benefits, the whole kernel or berry of kamut has a warm buttery and nutty taste that is equally appealing by itself or paired with stronger flavors, both sweet or spicy. The whole kernel or berry is also much larger than that of wheat, and has a nice chewy texture that contrasts beautifully with both delicate and crunchy foods.

This contrast is played for full and delicious effect in this Mexican-style black bean salad loaded with roasted corn, tomatoes, fresh jalapeño peppers and celery, with a lime juice, balsamic vinegar and toasted ground cumin dressing for extra kick. Whole grains, legumes and fresh vegetables makes this salad not only a colorful addition to your table, but a complete and refreshing meal by itself on a warm summer day. Look for whole kamut berries at natural food stores and in many supermarkets.

Mexican-Style Kamut Berry, Black Bean and Roasted Corn SaladMexican-Style Kamut Berry, Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad
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Cuisine: Mexican
Published on June 14, 2010

Colorful, zesty and nourishing Mexican-style black bean salad loaded with roasted corn, tomatoes, fresh jalapeño peppers and celery, with a lime juice, balsamic vinegar and toasted ground cumin dressing for extra kick

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Salad:
  • 1/2 cup dried black beans (1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 14 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup whole kamut or wheat berries
  • 3 ears fresh corn
  • 3 jalapeño, seeded and cut into 1-inch matchsticks
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • large handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
Dressing:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • juice of 3 limes (5 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Instructions:
  • Separately rinse the kamut or wheat berries and black beans under cold running water. Place in separate bowls and cover with several inches of cold water. Add a little yogurt whey or lemon juice to each bowl, and let soak overnight at room temperature.

  • Drain and rinse the black beans, then place in a medium saucepan. Cover with several inches of fresh water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour or until the beans are tender but not falling apart. Drain and set aside to cool.

  • Meanwhile, drain and rinse the kamut or wheat berries and place in a small or medium saucepan. Cover with 1 cup of fresh water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Drain any excess liquid and set aside to cool.

  • While the beans and kamut are cooking, preheat an oven to 450°. Place the ears of corn in their husks on a baking sheet. Roast for 30 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Remove the husks, pare the kernels from the ears and set aside.

  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Toss in the ground cumin and toast, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until the cumin is fragrant and has darkened a few shades. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the beans, kamut or wheat, corn, jalapeños, shallots, green onions, celery and cilantro. Season the tomatoes with a little salt and drain for 5 minutes in a colander. Gently fold the tomatoes and avocado into the salad.

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the toasted ground cumin, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, chili powder and salt. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently.

  • Serve at room temperature or cold.

Makes 6 to 8 servings
Mexican-Style Kamut Berry, Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

Other summer salads you may enjoy:
Mexican-style Potato Salad With Avocado and Jalapeño
Cannellini Bean and Grape Tomato Salad with Lemon Dressing and Rosemary-Garlic Infused Olive Oil
Cauliflower & Olive Salad
Chickpea, Olive and Feta Cheese Salad
Creamy Coleslaw

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4 comments:

Apu said...

Delicious Looking salad Lisa!! I am getting good bird music too:)

A_and_N said...

I see Kamut quite regularly at our Farmers' Market. Never picked it up because didn't know what to do with it. This seems like a good start.

Usha said...

This is such a fabulous and flavorful salad, would love to try it!

eatme_delicious said...

I loooove grain salads like this! Especially Mexican ones. I think I'd add some avocado to it too mmm.