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Rye Berry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Make this salad with any whole grain, including wheat berries or barley. Vary the chopped vegetables too, if you like. But don't change one iota of the simply luscious vinaigrette made with orange juice and champagne vinegar; it makes this salad burst with flavor.Substitute raisins if you don't have currants.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked rye berries or wheat berries
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 174
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 3.3 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 29.3 g
  • fiber 5.2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 329 mg
  • calcium 41 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 3 cups water and rye berries in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Drain.

  2. Combine 1 cup hot water and currants in a small bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Drain well.

  3. Combine rye berries, currants, celery, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

  4. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, shallots, rind, juice, and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in oil with a whisk. Pour shallot mixture over rye mixture; toss well to coat.

Cook's Notes

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