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Author Topic: Wheat Berry Salad with Citrus, Toasted Pine Nuts, Feta, and Spinach  (Read 2221 times)

Offline LaurenJ

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This recipe makes for a light salad yet is wholesome and colorful. It is also quite simple to prepare. The versatility of the ingredients would make it easy to alter to accommodate the changing seasons.

2 cups soft wheat berries, rinsed
6 cups water
2 teaspoons fine-grain sea salt, plus more as needed

CITRUS DRESSING
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

3 generous handfuls spinach leaves, stemmed and rinsed
1 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Combine the wheat berries, water, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, covered, until plump and chewy, about an hour or so. The berries should stay al dente, and the only way to be sure they're done is to taste a few. Drain and season to taste with more salt.

TO MAKE DRESSING, combine the orange zest and juice, lemon juice, and shallot. Whisk in the olive oil and season with a few pinches of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Toss the hot wheat berries with the spinach, pine nuts, citrus dressing, then top with the feta. Taste for seasoning and sprinkle with a bit more salt if needed.

Serves 4 to 6