Wheat Berry Salad with Spinach, Orange, and Almond

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Prep Time: 
10 minutes prep, 1 hour 15 minutes cook
Number of Servings: 
10 servings
Recipe Source: 

Erin Dow for Guiding Stars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups wheat berries
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced shallot
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds (or pine nuts)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup low fat feta cheese
  • 3 cups organic baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

Directions

  1. In a large pan, combine the wheat berries, salt, and 8 cups of water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to medium, and briskly simmer for about 1 hour, or until the wheat berries are chewy but not starchy in the middle. (The only way to know they’re done is to bite one.) When done, drain berries and rinse with cold water.
  2. For the dressing, combine the orange juice and zest, lemon juice, shallot, olive oil, and pepper in a small bowl, and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooled wheat berries, almonds, feta, spinach, tomatoes, and the vinaigrette and toss gently to combine.

Notes

This is a great dish to make in advance. Just leave the spinach out until you’re ready to serve.