Brighten up your winter meals by preparing a vibrant, fiber-filled, whole grain salad with bright dried cranberries and crunchy nuts that even kids will love. This makes a perfect weekend lunch, or a wholesome dinner. Introducing kids to whole grains like wheat berries is wonderful way to expand their palettes and get them eating right—plus, they are sure to love the nutty flavor and chewy texture. Try this recipe today!
prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 45 minutes
total time: 50 minutes
- 1 cup uncooked wheat berries
- 3 cups filtered water
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 2 large celery stalks (chopped)
- 2 scallions (thinly sliced)
- ¼ cup minced parsley
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar
- dash of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Step 1: In a small pot, bring 3 cups of filtered water to a boil.
Step 2: Once the water boils, add the wheat berries and ¼ teaspoon sea salt. Reduce the heat to simmer, and cook berries uncovered for 45 minutes.
Step 3: In a small, non-stick skillet, toast sliced almonds and pumpkin seeds for about 8 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.
Step 4: Rinse and finely chop celery, scallions, and parsley.
Step 5: In a large bowl, add your toasted nuts, chopped veggies, and dried cranberries. Mix.
Step 6: Prepare salad dressing: In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, honey, red wine vinegar, cinnamon, and salt & pepper.
Step 7: After it has been cooking for 45 minutes, taste your wheat; the texture should be chewy, but not crunchy. Once the wheat berries are cooked to reach the desired texture, remove from heat and transfer them into a strainer, and rinse under cold water, until the berries reach room temperature.
Step 8: Add drained wheat berries, and salad dressing to the large bowl, and mix until well incorporated. Serve immediately.
Looking for more wholesome salad recipes for your family?
- Winter Chopped Salad Recipe
- Nicoise-Style Salad Recipe
- Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe
- Warm Satsuma Spinach Salad Recipe
- Glass Noodle Salad Recipe
- Quinoa Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe
- Caprese Pasta Sala Recipe
Find more delicious recipes form Karen Biton-Cohen at K. abc Food & Photography.