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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Citrus Wheat Berry Salad

Get more whole grains in your diet! Wheat berries are truly a whole grain food. I've really underestimated the versatility of this little kernel. When cooked, they are chewy, nutty and filling! I've made them for breakfast, like I would oatmeal. The only thing is, they take a little longer to cook (around 50 minutes). I know many people are in a hurry and sometimes taxed for time when it comes to preparing foods, but this citrus wheat berry salad is something you can make ahead of time and then refrigerate. I hope you make it at least once, because it's so good and its packed with protein, fiber and iron!
Citrus Wheat Berry Salad
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup dried wheat berries, rinsed
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1/2 head of small red cabbage, chopped
2 Clementine oranges, sectioned
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup apricot preserves
2 TBS rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
In sauce pan, combine water & wheat berries. Bring to boil, reduce heat & cover. Simmer 50 minutes, or until tender. If water evaporates before 50 minutes, add a little more and turn burner down. Drain any excess water. Set aside to cool.
In large serving bowl, combine wheat berries, black beans, carrots, cabbage, oranges and walnuts.
In lidded jar, add oil, vinegar, apricot preserves, ginger and salt. Shake until mixed. Pour over wheat berry salad mixture and stir until combined.

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