A Taste of Summer

As promised, we’ll be sharing recipes with you every so often.  To kick things off to a tasty start, I’d like to share one of my favorite summer recipes: Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad.  This cold side dish is different than anything I’d ever had before, and got rave reviews at a potluck meal our church had a few months back.

For those of you who have never tried (or heard of!) wheat berries before, this is a great opportunity to experiment with a new grain.  It is somewhat nutty, somewhat crunchy and works wonderfully alongside foods with bold flavor like Granny Smith apples and Craisins!

Wheatberries

Wheatberries (Photo credit: FoodMayhem.com)

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat berries (can be purchased at the Simple Life store in Fort Atkinson)
  • 6 cups water, or as needed
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ground nutmeg to taste (at least 1-2 teaspoons)
  • Ground cinnamon to taste (at least 1 tablespoon)

Instructions

  1. Place wheat berries in a bowl, cover with water, and allow to soak for 5 minutes.  Drain.
  2. Transfer to a large saucepan and stir in 6 cups water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until wheat berries are tender (about 60-80 minutes).  Pour in more water if wheat becomes dry.  Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Mix wheat berries with apples, Craisins, walnuts, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in large bowl.  Chill before serving.

Hope you enjoy this tasty summer dish chock full of God’s goodness!

In Joyful Surrender,

Erica

(Recipe adapted from “Wheatberry Waldorf Salad” from allrecipes.com)

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