Wheat Berry Salad with Dried Cherries
What is a wheat berry? Wheat berries are whole wheat kernels, full of protein, fiber and other vitamins and minerals, that look like brown rice and are easy to prepare: they’re boiled in salted water. Once boiled, they plump up a bit and become chewy and nutty, but not starchy. This is what they look like in their raw state:
I really enjoy their texture and when I watched Ellie Krieger make her version of this salad, I was inspired to try it with a twist. I already had the dried cherries from my last kitchen adventure and thought how a nice splash of balsamic vinegar would brighten up the cherries and the entire salad even more. I also love Anne Burrell’s recipe for Warm Wheat Berry and Mushroom Salad.
It’s March 1st and the crocuses are blooming. Spring is on its way.
Inside I’m listening to American icon and Philadelphia Flyers legend Kate Smith on the turntable (yes, a vinyl record album purchased for 99 cents!). <sigh> She’s singing:
I wish you bluebirds in the Spring
To give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss, but more than this
I wish you love
Wheat Berry Salad with
Makes 6, 1 Cup servings
- 1 1/2 Cups hard wheat berries or kernels
- 3/4 Cup chopped walnuts
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 Cup dried cherries, chopped
- 1 scallion, white and green parts, chopped
- 1/2 Cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fill a medium sized saucepan 3/4 with water and add the wheat berries. Bring to a boil, and cook uncovered for 1 hour. Drain, set aside in a large bowl. and add the walnuts, celery, dried cherries, scallions, parsley, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Credit: Inspired by Ellie Krieger’s Wheat Berry Salad