I made this as part of a backstage buffet I prepared for perfomers at a local concert. I did a little changing to use what I had. That meant using a chopped sweet onion instead of shallots;switching strawberry balsamic vinegar for the raspberry and balsamic vinegars, and adding a squirt of honey because my cranberry juice was unsweetened and very tart. Also, I used the fried fruits I had on hand, namely apricots, cranberries and figs. I diced up the apricots and figs. The end result was quite tasty, which shows that this is a very flexible and forgiving recipe!!
I am giving this 5 stars but I am going to tweak it just a little. First of all, I soaked the wheat berries over night then boiled them. I kept testing them until I was satisfied with their texture. I am going to add another 1/2 to 1 cup of wheatberries. I found it a tad sweet and that could be because the cranberry juice, the cherries and the craisins I have are all sweetened. I am going to use pecans the next time I make it just to experiment. I also found the shallots slightly sharp but I'm kind of whimpy that way. It is so nutritious and delicious. I have been looking for good carbs and this is fantastic. It even has some great protein as well. You could cut the cheese out if you are going for less fat/cholesterol but you'll also cut some protein. It's so flavorful you probably wouldn't miss it. This will definitely have a permanent place in my repertoire. It is going to be a easter salad for us this year.
This is absolutely fabulous. I substituted walnut oil for regular veg. oil to underscore the nutty flavor and used smoked gouda as another reviewer suggested!. What a great combination! Served with chicken sausage and some steamed brussel sprouts, and the flavors went together beautifully.
This is one of my favorite recipes by far. I have been making this for years. It's great for camping, road trips, day hikes. Because of the ingredients you don't have to refrigerate it if you have it with you for a day or so... Very filling and delicious. Sometimes I add garlic scapes from my garden too. Very simple to make as well. I don't always find currants so sometimes I just sub in more cranberries instead. I also find the light gouda at Trader Joes and use that to lighten the fat a bit.
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