WHEAT BERRIES, TART CHERRIES, AND WALNUT SALAD
Just came from a Relief Society luncheon where I served this Food Network salad. A number of friends asked if they could have the recipe so it must have been a hit:) Take time to watch the preparation video with Chef Ellie Krieger. She makes it look so easy, and it was!
After trying the recipe once exactly as Ms. Krieger suggested, the only change I suggest is to prepare your wheat berries ahead of time in the crock pot. The batch prepared on the stove was just a bit toooooo chewy. The second batch was cooked in the crock pot on low overnight, like I always do, but then I accidentally forgot to unplug the thing and they continued cooking until noon the following day…which was way way too long. Awesome breakfast cereal but no go as a salad. Third batch (forever the rookie) was cooked on low for the standard 8 hours which proved once again to be, in the immortal words of Goldilocks, JUST RIGHT.
With wheat from a long term supply and walnuts and tart dried cherries from a three month supply, food storage can even be used for entertaining!
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green onion, white and green part, sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups dry wheat kernels or 3 1/4 cups cooked wheat berries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup tart dried cherries, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
(I doubled this recipe so keep that in mind as you’re passing over these pictures.) Cook your wheat berries using which ever method you prefer. Jump over here for my simple crock pot instructions. I always cook a full batch of wheat and then store the leftovers in the freezer. Be sure to drain the wheat berries before using them in this recipe. Lightly toast the walnuts and chop the celery and dried cherries.
Dice the green onion and parsley. Fresh lemon juice and olive oil can be poured directly into the salad. No need to pre-mix the simple dressing.
Combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Super easy and super yummy! THIS is how I want to rotate my food storage.