Of all the wheat berry salads I have made, this is a my all time favorite. I love the tartness of the cranberry and the vinegar. When I cannot get fresh cranberries, I use canned whole cranberries, ½ can with the olive oil, vinegar, and the mustard (omitting the maple syrup and cranberry juice) and it works perfectly. My preference is to use the fresh, but when I have to have this salad out of cranberry season, I have found a good work around :-)
Wheat Berry-Cranberry Salad
Serve this salad at room temperature or chilled.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 223
- Calories from fat: 31%
- Fat: 7.6g
- Saturated fat: 0.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
- Protein: 5.3g
- Carbohydrate: 36.9g
- Fiber: 5.8g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 0.6mg
- Sodium: 248mg
- Calcium: 23mg
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked wheat berries (hard winter wheat)
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cranberry juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- Place the wheat berries in a medium bowl, and cover with water to 2 inches above wheat berries. Cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain.
- Place wheat berries and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above wheat berries; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 1 hour or until tender. Drain; cool to room temperature.
- Combine cranberries and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook for 4 minutes or until cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Transfer to a large bowl; cool 10 minutes.
- Add juice, oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to cranberry mixture; stir well to combine. Add wheat berries, celery, onion, parsley, and pecans to cranberry mixture; stir well. Serve at room temperature, or cover and chill.
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