Fruit and Wheat Berry Salad

Wow! We had our supper club last night and the food was fantastic. Here’s a dish everyone kept raving about: crunchy, nutty, sweet and filling. Morgan is a youth librarian for Kent District Library. Thank you, Morgan for the recipe and the photo! If you are in the GR area and want to attend a supper club, email me: stirthepotgr@gmail.com.

Wheat Berry Fruit Salad

2 ½ cups water
¾ cup wheat berries, rinsed
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 T. apple cider vinegar
¼ cup apple cider
1 t. sugar
¼ t. salt
½ t. cinnamon
⅛ t. nutmeg (optional)
2 medium apples, chopped (I use honeycrisp or another crispy apple)
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped grapes
½ cup raisins (golden if you have them – could also use craisins)
optional add ins: walnuts, peanuts, pomegranate seeds

Soak wheat berries in enough water to cover by 1” for ~6-8 hours before proceeding.

Drain and place in a pot with 2 ½ cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer ~45 minutes or until wheat berries are soft but not mushy.

While wheat berries are cooking prepare the dressing and other ingredients.

Chop apples into small chunks, halve the grapes, chop celery into small slices. Add them with the raisins to a large bowl. Include any other add-ins at this time.

In a small container with a lid add the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil. Cover and shake to combine.

When wheat berries are done, drain and place in a bowl. Refrigerate to cool them down. Once cool, add to the apple/grape mixture and top with the dressing. Stir well.

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