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By Teeny McMunn
The Times 


Waldorf Wheat Berry Salad


I recently tasted wheat berry salad that my friend made and I knew I would like to have it again. I asked her for the recipe and she said didn’t have a recipe but cooked the wheat berries, added fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, some black beans, and Caesar dressing (or was it Ranch?). So all or any of those ingredients make a fresh-tasting salad. She said sometimes she puts in green olives. She mentioned she would give me some wheat berries fresh off the combine. WHAT??

I’m not sure where I thought she got the wheat berries, her being a farmer’s wife and all, so I still need a conversation with her to explain this transformation. And yes, I do know carrots come out of the ground with dirt still on them and not clean like when I buy them.

I googled wheat berry salads and this one caught my eye. I really like a Waldorf Salad. This one has the basic ingredients except it has the wheat berries. I have not tried it yet, but will as soon as my friend brings me some “fresh from the farm.”

½ c, wheat berries cooked in 1 ½ c. water, covered and simmered for about 15 minutes, until tender and chewy. Set aside to cool.

1 sweet apple, chopped Dressing

1 celery rib, chopped 2 TBSP Dijon mustard

¼ c. raisins 1 tsp honey

½ c. walnuts 1/3 c. yogurt

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice

MY NOTES: I have shared I’m not crazy for yogurt so for this I will use mayonnaise with sugar (or honey) thinned with orange juice. The raspberry vinaigrette might also be good. If you try it with the yogurt, please let me know if you liked it.

FEEDBACK #2: Remember the blueberry zucchini cake that I put too much sugar and baking soda in? I froze it to take to my son for his birthday. I put the lemon pudding and whipped topping for the frosting. It was yummy. No worries. The blueberries settled to the bottom so I’m not sure the whys there. We had it for breakfast as it was more like a coffee cake---maybe because of the screw ups, but good all the same.



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