One more beautiful and very special salad in honor of the New Year for the Trees!
“A land of wheat and barley, and grapes and figs and pomegranates, a land of oil-olives and (date) honey.” (Deuteronomy 8:8)
Everyone in Israel agrees that Tu B’Shvat is a time to eat fruit. What type of fruit varies from fresh, local fruit to dried fruit imported from Turkey to the seven species listed above. In my elementary school in America, they used to give us rock-hard pods of carob imported from Israel. No wonder I like Tu B’Shvat better here.
This year, I wanted to make a dish that included as many of the seven species as possible, and I came up with this salad. For the base, I debated between bulgur wheat and barley. I opted for the heartier, chewier barley, but it would probably be great with any grain as a base–bulgur, quinoa, couscous, or wild rice. Since grapes aren’t in season, I used raisins, chopped dried…
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