Grano-Seafood Salad (Grano di Mare)

For the Grano:

  • 1 purple onion (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups grano or Pearled Soft White Wheat (ND)
  • salt

For the salad:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 15 cockles (scrubbed)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 mussels (scrubbed)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 1/2 pound skinless and boneless sea bass (cut into 1″ cubes)
  • 1/2 pound scallops (cut into 1″ cubes)
  • 1/2 pound skinless and boneless salmon (cut into 1″ cubes)
  • 1/2 pound skinless and boneless tuna (cut into 1″ cubes)
  • 1 pound baby string beans (cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 cups frisŽe salad
  1. MAKE THE GRANO: Cook the onion in the olive oil until translucent , about 5 minutes. Add the Grano and 12 cups water, salted as you would for pasta. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring frequently, until Grano is tender but still chewy, about 30-35 minutes. Drain well..
  2. MAKE THE SALAD: Soak the cockles in water to cover with 1 tablespoon of salt for 30 minutes; drain and rinse. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; add the mussels, cockles, and ð cup of the wine; simmer until the shellfish open and then shell half into a bowl.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt, the sliced lemon, and the remaining wine. Poach the sea bass, scallops, salmon, and tuna for 4 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon; add to the clams and mussels. Stir in the Grano, string beans, parlsey, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve over the frisée on a platter.
  4. Adapted from recipe in La Cucina Italiana, February 29, 2000.