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Wheat Berry Salad Recipe

This hearty salad is bursting with harvest flavors and healthful omega-3s. The chewy wheat berries, sweet-tart dried cherries and crunchy walnuts make a winning combination.—Nancy Lange, Phoenix, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups wheat berries
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Mixed salad greens, optional

Directions

  • 1. Place wheat berries in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, about 1 hour or until tender. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Cool completely.
  • 2. Add celery, cherries, walnuts, parsley and green onion to wheat berries. In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until blended; add to salad and toss to coat. If desired, serve over greens. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without salad greens) equals 323 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 112 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein.