Apple Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

January 4, 2017

This salad is from the Whole Foods website. A friend made it for one of our gatherings and we loved it so we made it ourselves. We’ve made it frequently and it’s always been a big hit with guests. It also travels well so it’s great for a potluck. The main time required is cooking the wheat berries – so plan ahead and soak them overnight and cook them while you’re doing something else or chopping up everything else.

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups uncooked wheat berries
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 medium apples, cored and chopped (granny smith recommended or any tart apple)
1 cup seedless raisins
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Soak wheat berries into a large bowl for at least 6 hours or overnight. Be sure to cover them with at least 2 inches of water. When they are done soaking, drain well. In a large pot, bring 7 cups water to a boil. Add wheat berries, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, or until cooked through. (Wheat berries retain a firm, chewy texture when cooked.) Drain and set aside to let cool.

Transfer wheat berries to a large bowl. Add walnuts, apples, raisins, parsley, vinegar, apple juice, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and lemon juice and mix to combine. Enjoy!

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