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Strawberry and Goat Cheese Wheat Berry Salad

4 Apr

If you have never had wheat berries or have never even heard of them for that matter than this is the perfect recipe for you. Wheat berries are whole-wheat kernels packed with wholesome nutrients. They are high in fiber, protein and iron so you can’t go wrong there. They have a mild nutty flavor and a little bite to them when cooked properly. You boil them like pasta or rice but with the whole-wheat kernel intact they take a little longer than most grains to cook ( 60-70 min).

This light and healthy dish full of fresh, bold ingredients is the perfect salad for spring or summer. It’s loaded with big chunks of strawberry, goat cheese and walnuts, and then tossed with fresh mint and a citrus vinaigrette. If the bright, vibrant colors don’t sell you then just take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed!!!!

{fresh juicy strawberries}

{crumbled goat cheese…my favorite}

{orange zest really kicks things up a notch :)}

Wheat Berries:

  • 2 cups soft white wheat berries, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from 2 oranges)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (from 1 large orange)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, packed, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 medium strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/3 cup (4 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Cook’s Note)

Directions

For the wheat berries: In a large saucepan, combine the wheat berries, chicken broth, water, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook until the wheat berries are tender, 60 to 70 minutes. Drain the wheat berries in a colander and set aside to cool, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a salad bowl.

For the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, orange zest, agave nectar, mint leaves, salt, and pepper until smooth. Pour the dressing over the wheat berries and add the strawberries, goat cheese, and walnuts. Toss until all the ingredients are coated.

Cook’s Note: To toast the walnuts, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.