Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

Cooking with GrainsThis tasty winter salad combines juicy cranberries, crunchy apples, and nutty wheat berries for a healthy and satisfying meal or side-dish.

1 cup dried cranberries
1 medium to large apple (in season – I used Braeburn)
1 cup cooked wheat berries
½ cup walnuts
Goat Cheese (optional)
3 cups shredded Romaine lettuce

Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette
½ cup Lemon Fused Extra Virgin Olive Oil *
¼ cup Cranberry Pear White Balsamic *
2 tea sugar (optional)

I can’t stress how important it is to use quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar.  Find a shop where you can be educated on the products and their health benefits as well as taste the selection they offer.  (Locally, I shop at the Blue Olive in Pawling, NY) Here’s a great article about why you should be doing this.

Other variations of this salad

Add blood oranges & feta cheese. Replace the above EVOO with a Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil for the vinaigrette.

Figs, golden raisins, & walnuts. A vinaigrette made of Fig or Tangerine Dark Balsamic paired with a good EVOO will bring out the flavors in the fruit.

Roasted butternut squash & spinach, drizzled with a Fig Dark Balsamic & Blood Orange EVOO vinaigrette are the perfect pair for this savory dish.

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