Kale Salad with Wheat Berries + Cranberries

February 1, 2013
Kale Salad with Wheat Berries + Cranberries - A nutrient packed kale salad, loaded with wheat berries, cranberries, and walnuts. It's as delicious as it is beautiful to look at. Enjoy!

For the longest time

I've wanted to start ..

e Salad with Wheat Berries + Cranberries - A nutrient packed kale salad, loaded with wheat berries, cranberries, and walnuts. It's as delicious as it is beautiful to look at

a food blog

This is my year ..

“Why not .. What are you waiting for?”

I want to cook .. Eat well .. Have dinner parties ..Turn my binders of cut out newspaper recipes into reality

Have a reason to make week night dinners into something a bit special .. where I light a dinner candle and remember that pretty flowers in the kitchen make me happy .. and write about it along the way

So I bought a camera that I have no idea how to use yet .. picked out a couple of recipes .. went to Trader Joe's .. and made a great meal for someone I love

Kale Salad with Wheat Berries + Cranberries - A nutrient packed kale salad, loaded with wheat berries, cranberries, and walnuts. It's as delicious as it is beautiful to look at. Enjoy!

This salad has been a signature dish of my Mom's for as long as I can remember. Not only is it colorful and filling .. but it's full of nutrients as well. To read about the health benefits .. included are a few links to The World's Healthiest Foods's site .. kale .. walnuts .. cranberries .. onions .. and peppers

Over the years I've begun to share her fondness for salads made with kale. Even a dressed salad will fare beautifully in the fridge for a number of days .. unlike others made with more delicate greens.

A few tips I've picked up along the way .. when it comes to making a better kale salad

Always remove the ribs

Salads are far easier to eat when the kale has been chopped into small .. bite-sized pieces

Kale leaves that have been sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt are less bitter.

Kale will do well with bold dressings. Drizzle the dressing over the leaves .. and massage it into them just a bit with your hands. This will ensure they're coated .. as well as make the kale a more palatable

There are so many things that one can add to their salad to make it great. A few ideas? Toasted nuts .. grated or crumbled cheese .. chopped raw fruit or veggies.

Enjoy!

xoxo

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~ Adapted from Chatelaine .. here

Wheat Berry, Kale & Cranberry Salad
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried wheat berries (or spelt)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt
  • 5 cups chopped kale, about ½ small bunch
  • ½ cup red onion, diced

  • Optional Additions
  • ½ yellow pepper, diced
  • ½ c walnuts or pecans
  • juice from ½ of a grapefruit
Instructions
  1. Cook the Wheat Berries
  2. Rinse wheat berries
  3. Combine with 8 cups water in a medium pot. Bring to a boil over high, then reduce heat to medium-high. Cook, covered, until wheat berries are tender, 30 to 35 min
  4. Drain and rinse with cold water
  5. Set aside

  6. Make the Dressing
  7. Whisk oil with vinegar and salt in a large bowl. Season with pepper
  8. Stir in wheat-berry mixture, kale, onion and pepper
  9. Serve immediately
  10. Keeps well, refrigerated, up to 1 day
Notes
Nutritional Data by %
% Protein: 8
% Carbs: 37
% Fat: 18
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ total recipe Calories: 305 Fat: 17.24 Carbohydrates: 29.3 Sugar: 10.21 Fiber: 6.82 Protein: 6.87

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1 Comment

  • Reply heydave January 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Pretty yummy all around; most definitely a keeper.

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