wheatberry salad with fuji apple, pistachios and blood orange vinaigrette

fruit and nut infused wheat berry salad

wheatberry salad with fuji apple, pistachios and blood orange vinaigrette
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Recipe type: hearty/fruity grain salad
Author: elena
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 6
the combination of crunchy fujis, blood orange zest and juice, unsalted pistachios and hearty wheat berries is sure to please a crowd…
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked wheatberries (cooled)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (or navel orange)
  • 1 teaspoon blood orange zest (or navel orange)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large fuji apple, unpeeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup shelled, roasted and unsalted pistachios
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar (preferably baker & olive brand)
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO (i like baker & olive organic koroneiki EVOO)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground blackpepper
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat feta (less salty than regular feta) optional
  • 1 cup julienned arugula or baby spinach
Instructions
  1. cook wheat berries according to direction (no need to soak overnight)
  2. drain and cool (cooking time is approx. 1 hour)
  3. combine blood orange juice, zest and cranberries in small bowl
  4. combine wheatberries, diced apples and pistachios in large bowl
  5. drain cranberries and reserve juice
  6. gently mix cranberries, zest and julienned arugula into wheat berry mixture
  7. combine the blood orange juice, raspberry vinegar and oil in a small jar and shake
  8. pour dressing evenly over salad and stir to coat
  9. season with salt and pepper to taste
  10. when ready to serve, crumble a bit of goat cheese feta over top, optional
  11. can be served at room temperature or chilled
  12. NOTE: great to take to potlucks and tastes even better the next day!

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