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Apricot and Toasted Almond Wheat Berry Salad

Posted in Mains (Vegetarian), Salads by Janet M on January 6, 2010

I absolutely love salads hearty enough to be a meal. Especially after all the holiday-induced sweets.  This salad, adapted from Two Dishes by Linda Hanes and Devin Connell, is a subtle salad. Nothing is screaming its flavours, but they meld well together; rather unassumingly. It features hearty wheat berries (aka wheat kernels) with apricots, chives and almonds. This is for all those looking for meal-worthy winter salads. Enjoy! As well, feel free to share your own favourite hearty salad recipe.

Apricot and Toasted Almond Wheat Berry Salad

1 cup dried wheat berries, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
20 dried apricots, each cut into 6 pieces (about 45g)
1 green onion, white and light green parts, finely chopped
2 tbsp lightly packed chives, finely chopped
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Cover the wheat berries with 1-2 inches of water in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 1 hour. Drain off any excess water and allow them to cool for 30 minutes.

2. While the wheat berries are cooking, toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

3. Combine the wheat berries, almonds, apricots, green onion and chives in a serving bowl.

4. Whisk the orange juice, oil, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Toss the salad with the dressing before serving.

Serves 6.

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  1. marla (Family Fresh Cooking) said, on January 10, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    I love this combination! This Wheat Berry Salad looks oh so yummy!

  2. [...] I find dried apricots more flavourful and have incorporated them into many salads, granola and energy bars. I have even added them to savoury dishes. When I do find myself [...]

  3. [...] And I had some wheat berries in the pantry and some slivered almonds and apricots in the cupboard, so we’re also going to be enjoying (hopefully) Apricot and Toasted Almond Wheat Berry Salad. [...]

  4. Nichole said, on January 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Made this today and am enjoying a bowl of it right now. =) I splashed some balsamic over it and a bit of honey to brighten up the flavors. yum!

  5. [...] the wheat berry salad was delicious!  It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the textures are great. I will be making [...]


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