WHEAT BERRY SALAD WITH PECANS AND CRAISINS

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by Lesli

in Salads

I’m sure you know by now that eating whole wheat is a smart dietary choice and eating wheat berries is as whole as the wheat comes.  In case you didn’t know, wheat berries are what all wheat products come from and they’re delicious!

Wheat berries are loaded with nutrients and are as easy as rice to prepare — perfect for a meal any time of year.  Contrary to popular belief, wheat berries do not require an overnight soak before cooking. Simply boil them for 1 hour to soften the kernels, which will produce their characteristically chewy, nutty texture.

This salad is clean, fresh and delicious!  Every ingredient pops with vibrancy and I can’t help myself… I go back for spoonful after spoonful before it even makes it to the table!

Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup wheat berries (rinsed)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup finely diced green onion
  • 2 stalks celery, small dice
  • 1 cup pecans, rough chop
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, rough chop
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Bring water to a boil; add rinsed wheat berries and simmer in covered pot for about 1 hour or until grains are tender but a little chewy. When done, drain off water.
  2. Prep green onion, celery, pecans, cranberries, ginger and rosemary; add to medium bowl.
  3. Combine wheat berries with above ingredients, add olive oil, lime juice and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Vin

Wheat berries! They are becoming very popular in Australia! In particular customer look to buy the wheat to make delicious breads. Of course you can purchase wheat flour which is actually ground berries, though we believe the berries taste better

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Alison

Hi!

Thanks for the great recipe! I modified it slightly and added some blueberries, sounds weird I know but it gave it a little bit of a fruity pop which I thought was really tasty! Try it, you’ll love it…

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Lesli

And antioxidants too! Good job 😉

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