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Pearled Spelt Zucchini Salad with Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette

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Enjoy the lively colours of late summer with this tasty salad full of healthy nutrients combining the sweet nutty little pearled spelt (grains of spelt with the outer husk removed), with zucchini, cranberries, then tossed with a tangy sundried tomato vinaigrette. If you can’t find polished spelt, use pearled barley instead.

SaladSundried Tomato Vinaigrette
  • 180 g Organic pearled spelt
  • 700 ml Water
  • 150 g Zucchini, diced
  • 2 tbsp Dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly mulled black pepper
  • 10 Oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 70 ml Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 70 ml Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Fresh parsley, chopped
  1. In a saucepan, add in pearled spelt and water. Bring it to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Drain.
  2. Whisk together diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and minced garlic. Add olive oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in chopped parsley.
  3. Rinse, dry and dice zucchini. Combine drained pearled spelt, diced zucchini, dried cranberries, chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Pour the vinaigrette into the salad. Toss well. | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Tisa Jacob 16/8/12 06:31

What an exotic salad Angie, making me drool. Might be doing this one soon, thanks for the recipe:))

Ivy 16/8/12 07:13

I would love to try this salad if I only find some spelt. I've tried to find the translation in Greek but don't seem to understand what it is.

Abhilash 16/8/12 07:22

The salad looks delicious and pleasing to my eyes.
Thank you for sharing it Angie

Rosa's Yummy Yums 16/8/12 08:26

A gorgeous salad! that vinaigrette must be very tasty.



MunatyCooking 16/8/12 10:06

I'd like to try this salad, as soon as I get some dried tomatoes!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 16/8/12 11:47

I have adored sun-dried tomatoes since the early nineties. I have to try your vinaigrette Angie.

Baker Street 16/8/12 12:03

Healthy, summery and tasty! All that I want my salad to be! :)

Belinda @zomppa 16/8/12 13:29

A bounty of health and deliciousness!!!

Ellen B Cookery 16/8/12 13:36

We are a huge fan of spelt in our home and try to incorporate it more and more into our dishes! I love the flavours of this healthy dish!

StephenC 16/8/12 13:59

It is so nice to see something nutritious and delicious and does not mention boneless skinless chicken breast.

Katerina 16/8/12 14:09

I love sundried tomatoes and this vinaigrette must have added so much flavor to this salad!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover 16/8/12 14:09

Your family is lucky to have you as you always prepare healthy foods for them

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Tricia @ saving room for dessert 16/8/12 15:13

Another great use for zucchini! The dressing also sounds great. I bet the cranberries bring a terrific layer of flavor to this lovely salad. Have a nice weekend Angie!

Alida 16/8/12 15:47

your dishes and presentation is getting more and more professional. Really good this post!

Kristy @ the wicked noodle 16/8/12 16:18

What a stunning salad! I just love all the colors. So healthy for you, too!

Balvinder 16/8/12 16:56
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TasteHongKong 16/8/12 16:58

Although I have yet to try how good this tastes, the combo sounds intriguing already.

Cakewhiz 16/8/12 18:31

Sundried tomatoes are a family favorite but i only tend to use them when making a pizza. Using them in a salad must have added an incredible amount of flavor!

Geni 16/8/12 18:57

What a great new way for me to prepare zucchini. I have not seen it with pearl spelt before. Love the tomato vinaigrette as well! Fabulous dish!

chow and chatter 16/8/12 19:42

this looks wonderful great dressing

RavieNomNoms 16/8/12 19:42

I am in love with that vinaigrette!

Jennifer Kendall 16/8/12 20:34

beautiful salad, looks so delicious!

MaryMoh 16/8/12 21:18

Beautiful salad. Love the dressing.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 16/8/12 21:58

This would be a great salad for lunch!

Biren @ Roti n Rice 16/8/12 22:21

What a beautiful and healthy salad! Love the combination of ingredients used.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 16/8/12 22:53

What a delicious salad combination :)

Choc Chip Uru

foodtravelandwine 17/8/12 03:23

What a wonderful salad!.....I love it!!......Abrazotes, Marcela

Hotly Spiced 17/8/12 04:44

I've only recently come across pearled spelt and I'm looking forward to trying it. What a beautiful, tasty and nutritious salad - a complete meal xx

mjskit 17/8/12 05:11

Oh goody! I just bought a jar of sun-dried tomatoes yesterday can see this vinaigrette being used on a variety of salads! I'm very curious as to the taste and texture of pearled spelt, and can definitely see that with this vinaigrette and the cranberries this salad is delicious!

Geri Saucier 17/8/12 05:29

This salad looks delicious. I have been trying to eat healthier and this salad is just what I need. Thanks for sharing:)

kitchen flavours 17/8/12 05:47

Beautiful bowl of salad! Looks delicious!

rita cooks italian 17/8/12 07:22

I've never eaten raw courgettes. It sounds like a great combination with pearled spelt and the sundried vinagrette. A perfect summer salad.

Alessandra 17/8/12 11:29

Yummy! And raw courgettes are great, just need to be cut in certain ways and then they are even better than cooked!


Rumana Rawat 17/8/12 13:03

Beautiful salad... love the dressing:)

Barbara 17/8/12 14:28

Pearled spelt? I've never had it and it resembles barley, sort of. Looks like a wonderful salad, Angie, but the best part is your sun dried tomatoes vinaigrette. YUM.

Peggy G. 17/8/12 14:48

This salad looks so beautiful!

fimere 17/8/12 15:10

c'est coloré et riche en saveurs, j'adore
bonne journée

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 17/8/12 15:12

Beautiful, healthy salad, Angie! The sun-dried tomato dressing sounds delicious with it. I've never seen pearled spelt but I'll look for it!

Ana Regalado 17/8/12 15:32

That salad with vinaigrette looks wonderful and delicious , Angie !

Unknown 17/8/12 16:57

I love this healthy salad Angie and I'm thinking about using it to stuff a large zucchini from my garden and maybe drizzling the dressing on top for serving? Have a wonderful weekend;-)

Rosita Vargas 17/8/12 17:28

Ensalada saludable luce estupenda,abrazos hugs,hugs.

Nancy 17/8/12 21:00

Love the colors and all of the ingredients. Thanks for sharing & have a great weekend Angie:)

Gloria Baker 17/8/12 21:08

I love zucchinis so much and love in salads and always enjoy your recipes dear Angie!!

Unknown 17/8/12 21:09

Angie this looks like a delightful salad for any time of the year. I love the color of that vinaigrette!

Unknown 17/8/12 21:30

Love the vinaigrette! I purchase a sundried tomato dressing from newman's own - but I think making it at home would be so much better!

Norma Chang 17/8/12 21:32

Elegant and lovely summer salad, great combinations.

Beth 17/8/12 22:32

Your salad looks beautiful, and the vinaigrette sounds fantastic!

Kumi 17/8/12 22:33

What a refreshing summer salad recipe! I happen to have most ingredients at home. Thanks for the idea!

Suzi 18/8/12 00:20

Angie this looks fabulous. I have never used spelp but my daughter was just talking to me about it yesterday. I will send her your web site, she will really enjoy this. Thanks, girl!

Reeni 18/8/12 02:24

What a wonderful salad Angie! Love the vinaigrette!

Amy (Savory Moments) 18/8/12 03:56

What a lovely and healthy salad! Very inviting!

Nammi 18/8/12 06:27

lovely looking salad, getting very curious about this spelt :) have a nice week end !

Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies 18/8/12 06:52

Salad looks yummy! Love the combination of flavors!

Sutapa 18/8/12 09:31

Delicious summer salad and looks great!
happy weekend friend!:)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 18/8/12 13:28

Oh, Angie, this looks delightful!!! What a great the pearled spelt...and sundried tomatoes are such a yummy addition :)

Kathy 18/8/12 13:38

Angie, Great salad!! I love grain salads…so hardy and delicious looking! I need to find some pearled spelt…would love to make this one!

Anonymous 18/8/12 15:47

Ooh waw, Angie!
I so wanna make this glorious Summer's salad! I would love to savour this with some easy grilled fish on the side: so appetizing & fabulous looking! :) Ooh yes! xxx

Amanda 19/8/12 01:05

I have never tried putting grains in my salad. I think this might be my first one to try out!

Debra Eliotseats 19/8/12 04:22

I'm digging that vinaigrette! I bet this would be good with quinoa too.

My Italian Smörgåsbord 19/8/12 06:33

I love the idea of a sun dried tomatoes vinnaigrette! eating a lot of grains lately, guess this salad would go great with bulgur too.

Ali 19/8/12 10:48

This salad looks great! Will have to keep this in mind for our summer, thanks for sharing!

lena 19/8/12 16:11

not only how healthy light and healthy it sounds, it looks so appealing that bowl of salad! spelt pearls? must be a new addition to your spelt 'drawer'!

Cathleen 19/8/12 18:59

This looks like summer in a bowl. Delicious!!

Pam 19/8/12 22:54

Yum! Great flavors and textures.

Elisabeth 20/8/12 06:05

I love your light summery salad, and the wonderful sundried tomato vinaigrette! So healthy, delicious, and superb!

Kiran @ 22/8/12 08:50

Sundried tomatoes does pack in a lot of flavor. That salad looks amazing!

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 24/8/12 00:35

Everything about this creative salad screams "HEALTHY" and "YUMMY" which I am always on the look out for! Thank you so very much. Did I ever tell you how much I love your blog? If not, please know that you're one of my faces!
Buon Appetito,

tigerfish 24/8/12 19:35

With the pearled spelt, the salad sure makes a good light meal too!

Amelia 26/8/12 09:35

hi Angie, lovely salad and very appetizing. Beautiful presentation as usual. You're excellent.

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