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Wheat Berry Salad with Walnuts, Dates, and Celery

Earthy-flavored, chewy wheat berries are packed with fiber, antioxidants, and disease-fighting compounds called lignans.
Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
  • Yield Serves 6
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces wheat berries (1 cup), soaked overnight and drained
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 to 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced crosswise (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pitted dates
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Place soaked wheat berries in a large pot, fill with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 35 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again.

  2. Combine vinegar and orange juice and zest in a small bowl. Pour in oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until emulsified.

  3. Combine wheat berries, celery, walnuts, and dates. Stir in vinaigrette and teaspoon salt. Season with pepper.

Cook's Note

If you don't have time to soak the wheat berries overnight, do a quick soak: Put them in a pot of cold water, and bring them to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 1 hour, and drain.

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