Cranberry Apple Wheat Berry Salad

by Cait on May 8, 2012

Okay, things have been a little on the indulgent side lately so I decided to switch up and make something a little more healthy (it’s all about balance right?)

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How about a nice wheat berry salad?

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Everyone likes wheat berries, right?

Right.

They’re a nice healthy little whole grain.  Chewy with a nutty taste that makes you feel like you’re eating something a little fun.

Not every grain can say that.  Trust me, I’ve asked them.

So anyway, once I decided on the base, the rest just kinda came together.

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Also known as, I-just-pulled-things-from-the-fridge-that-I-thought-would-go-well-with-it.

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Cause that always works out well…

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Okay, maybe not always - but I got lucky this time.

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Once everything was piled on, all that was left to do was dress it.  It is a salad after all.

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Then toss…

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And enjoy!

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Cranberry Apple Wheat Berry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of cooked wheat berries
  • 1 gala apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup steamed mukimame
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Directions:
  1. Squeeze oranges through a sifter making sure no pulp falls through
  2. In a small bowl, add cranberries to the orange juice and let soak for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Combine wheat berries, apples, walnuts and edamame in a large bowl stirring gently to combine.
  4. Drain the cranberries, reserving the orange juice.
  5. Stir the cranberries into the wheat berry mixture.
  6. Whisk the reserved orange juice, red wine vinegar and oil in a small bowl until combined.
  7. Pour over the salad and gently toss coat completely.
  8. Serve cold or at room temperature.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren May 8, 2012

No lie, I was JUST thinking about making a wheatberry salad. I adore them but haven’t cooked or bought this grain in such a long time (since last summer). For some reason, I always associate wheat berries with summer. This my friend, looks fantastic!

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Cait May 8, 2012

Haha that’s too funny!! It was definitely delicious so I’m super excited to see what yours turns out like when/if you make it this summer :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 8, 2012

This is pretty delicious looking healthy eating!! Love the pictures of you throwing the the ingredients together. For some reason, these seem like very sassy photos to me. lol

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables May 8, 2012

this looks so delicious AND healthy! Love it :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 8, 2012

I love using orange with edamame. This salad looks like just what I need right now too!

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Cait May 8, 2012

I was actually a little nervous about the flavor combo but I was really pleased with it! So light and refreshing :)

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Margarita May 8, 2012

I have a bag of wheatberries in the pantry so I am very excited to make use of it. Can you believe that I’ve never had it before until I started reading food blogs?

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Cait May 8, 2012

Haha I can believe it just because that’s happened to me with so many things! Enjoy those wheat berries – I just love them!

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Lauren May 8, 2012

This is one of the prettiest salads I’ve ever seen! I’ll have to try this one out at a summer barbecue!

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Cait May 8, 2012

Thank you! Definitely a great summer bbq dish to bring! :)

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian May 8, 2012

I made something a bit similar to this with wheatberries and apples. I loved the combination. So light and fresh! YUM!

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Cait May 8, 2012

Totally – I think the apples were my favorite part! :)

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 8, 2012

Wow Cait, this looks and sounds amazing. Definitely all about the balance!

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Cait May 8, 2012

Totally! Thanks Sarena :)

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Catalina @ Cake with Love May 8, 2012

This dish looks very healthy and delicious!! I agree its all about balance, Ii love your photos!!

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Cait May 8, 2012

Thank you! :)

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Allison @ PickyEatingRD May 8, 2012

Wheatberries pair so perfectly with “sweet” foods. Whole Foods has a wheatberries/apple salad that is very good but yours looks like it might trump it!

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Shannon ~ My Place In The Race May 8, 2012

Mmmm looks delicious! :P

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[New Balance] Nicole May 8, 2012

Looks like the perfect summer fruit salad! Can’t wait to try this out!

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Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 8, 2012

This looks so refreshing and light! I’ve never had wheat berries before, will have to give it a try. Where did you get that cute bowl that you had the dressing in?

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James May 16, 2012

Wow, that looks Awesome Cait

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Cait May 16, 2012

Thanks :)

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