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Serves 6 to 8

Judging from the popularity of Winter Wheat Berry Salad, I am offering a recipe for another whole-grain salad. This delicious dish has been part of my repertoire for over 20 years and I’ve made it many, many times. It travels well to a potluck and tastes best served at room temperature – and that’s a bonus if the weather is warm.

3 cups cooked brown rice

1  1/2 cups cooked light red kidney beans, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed

1  1/2 cups cooked dark red kidney beans, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed

1  1/2 cups frozen or canned corn kernels

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onion, mostly green part

1/3 cup canola oil

1  1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1  1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

 

In a large bowl combine the rice, beans, corn, red bell pepper and green onion. Toss to mix. In a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin and salt. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is well blended. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally for up to 4 hours before serving, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

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For anyone who’s interested I posted the nutrition analysis for the Winter Wheat Berry Salad per Vicki’s request. Click on this link and look in the comments section of the recipe for the numbers.  As I suspected, this tasty salad is full of fiber. The sodium content could be lowered a bit by using low-sodium soy sauce.  Makes me want to head to the kitchen because I love this salad.

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Winter Chopped Salad

Serves 6 to 8

The secret to a good salad is not to put on too much dressing. I like to put on 1/2 of the dressing, then add more as needed. Any extra dressing will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days.

1 tablespoon stone-ground or dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
One 5-ounce box of salad greens – spring mix, baby arugula, or spinach, washed
1 medium apple, cored and cut into small pieces
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup crumbled fresh goat or blue cheese

Whisk together the mustard, honey, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Place the salad greens, apple, cranberries, pecans, and cheese in a large bowl. Pour in 1/2 of the dressing and gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with pepper and add more dressing to taste.

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Surimi Salad

12 ounces surimi pieces
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons minced shallot
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
Black pepper to taste

Chop surimi into small chunks and place in a bowl. Mix in the celery, shallots, capers, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and creole seasoning. Add black pepper to taste. Serve chilled.

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Winter Wheat Berry Salad

Serves 8 to 12

This recipe calls for 6 cups of cooked wheat berries, although 6 cups of another cooked grain such as brown rice, quinoa, pearl barley, or bulgur can be substituted for the wheat berries. Be aware that the cooking times for whole grains vary. The procedures and cooking times for other whole grains can be found at the Whole Grains Council .

Place the wheat berries in a large saucepan and with enough water to cover the berries by a few inches. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes. Taste and see if the wheat berry is cooked. You want a soft, but still chewy texture. If desired, cover and cook for 15 to 30 more minutes until the desired texture is reached. Drain off the water and allow the wheat berries to cool to room temperature.

2 cups wheat berries
1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 medium apple, unpeeled, cored and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Meanwhile, combine dried fruit, carrot, celery, apple, parsley, scallion, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and soy sauce, tossing thoroughly to mix. Stir in the cooled wheat berries and add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or store in the refrigerator until served.

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Serves 6 to 8

This recipe has been part of my repertoire for over 20 years and I’ve made it many, many times. It travels well to a potluck and tastes best served at room temperature – and that’s a bonus if the weather is warm.

 

3 cups cooked brown or basmati rice

1 1/2 cups cooked light red kidney beans, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups cooked dark red kidney beans, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups frozen or canned corn kernels

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onion, mostly green part

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

 

In a large bowl combine the rice, beans, corn, red bell pepper and green onion. Toss to mix. In a small bowl combine the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin and salt. Whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is well blended. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature, tossing occasionally for up to 4 hours before serving, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

 

 

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