7.27.2012

Sweet and Savory Wheatberry Salad

Oh my goodness!  I can't believe it has been so long since my last post!  Instead of listing the excuses, I'm going to just get down to updates of my life!  Since I last posted we have gotten a bunch done on wedding stuff including making the display cake, and making and sending out the invites.

My mom has made our display/cut cake for the wedding day and froze it.  Its definitely not enough to feed all of our guests, so we are getting Costco cakes to serve.  I think she did a wonderful job and it looks so professional!  We calculated it out to cost about $20, whereas a cake this size professionally done would be maybe $200.  (Please note that this is NOT nutritiarian food!) Here are a few pictures:
The cake with the base frosting and ribbon encircling.
The cake with all of the detail: large shells on bottom,
swirling lines on the large tier, and pearl drops between the layers.
We have also gotten all of the invites sent out and have already been receiving RSVPs back from those awesome "on-the-ball" people.  Here is our invite that April, one of my bridesmaids who is wonderful at calligraphy made, in which the original was copied and reprinted.  Everyone I've talked to so far has mistaken it for handwritten.  For April's sake, she is very happy she didn't have to make over 80 handwritten invites! Obviously for the sake of privacy, I have blurred out the addresses.  In the reprint of it the red and blue were a bit darker.
Now on to the real FOOD!  I was so happy to get invited by Shelby from Everyday Vegan Girl to join in her blog party that she has recently created with Carrie from Carrie On Vegan and Gabby from Veggie Nook (all are great blogs and you should check them out!).  This is the first ever "Healthy Vegan Friday", I hope it is a success, and I think I will continue to do this every Friday!  Hope you enjoy!

Everyday Vegan Girl
Sweet and Savory Wheatberry Salad
Ingredients:

  • Dressing:
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 2/3 cup almond milk
    • 1/2 cup almond butter
    • 1 lemon juiced (~3 Tbsp) 
  • Salad:
    • 1 cup uncooked wheatberries
    • 1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
    • 1 c celery, cut in half lengthwise and roughly chopped
    • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup slice almonds
    • 2 cups roasted brussels sprouts, quartered (recipe here)
    • 4 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
    • pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients for the dressing and blend until smooth and creamy.  This will make more dressing than you may desire on the salad, so I suggest storing the rest and using later.
  2. Cook the wheatberries on the stovetop:
    • rinse the wheatberries in a strainer
    • place them in a medium sized saucepan and cover with at least 2 inches of water
    • bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer
    • the wheatberries will be done between 1 and 1 1/2 hours
    • test the wheatberries to be soft, yet chewy before you take them off the stove
    • many other websites suggest soaking the wheatberries overnight, but I didn't find this necessary
    • pour the wheatberries into a strainer and run cold water over them to cool
  3. In a large (seriously, a large bowl), stir together the wheatberries, brussels sprouts, craisins, celery, red onion, and sliced almonds.
  4. Add the chopped spinach and stir well to combine.
  5. Finally, add the sweet almond dressing and stir, being cautious not to add too much.  Once the salad is well coated, pepper to taste and serve chilled. 

Amy's Notes:  The dressing recipe above definitely makes too much dressing than the salad will need, so make sure not to dump it all on top before stirring it in slowly.  The dressing is great on other salads as well.  I would suggest in order to save time to make the wheatberries and roasted brussels sprouts ahead of time.  Also, this recipe keeps really well in the fridge for up to 5 days.  I think it would be the perfect dish for a picnic or BBQ.... or lunches all week like I've been having it.

Do you have one day a week that you strictly eat vegan?  Are you an everyday vegan?  Are you toying with the idea of going vegan and why?

12 comments:

  1. Your salad looks gorgeous Amy! Love the color contrast between the greens, browns, and red. I've never had wheatberries before, are they tasty? What do they taste like? Also, enjoy hearing about your wedding planning as well!

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    1. Thank you NutriWife! I just tried wheatberries for the first time last fall in a soup, but didn't fully appreciate them until I started putting them in salads. They do take a while to cook (up to 2 hours!), but it is definitely worth the wait. They have a wonderful pop to them when you bite down on one and have a wonderful chew overall. I would definitely recommend giving them a shot!

      Also, thanks for wanting to hear about wedding stuff. I feel like it is consuming my life and is all that I really want to talk about sometimes, but I'm always wondering if my readers are thinking: "what's with this wedding stuff and where is the food?!" Hopefully I can continue to entertain with a little bit of writing about wedding stuff, as well as bringing new recipes to the blog.

      Thanks for reading, Amy

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  2. Yum, that salad looks delicious! I think brussel sprouts and cranberries are such a good combo! Good luck on the wedding planning!

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    1. Thanks Vicky! I've been loving this combo lately! I've been thinking about trying a shredded brussels sprout toasted saute with cranberries and cranberry walnut dressing. It's definitely a great combo that I feel I will crave even more come fall when a lot of sweet and savory dishes become favorites of the season. Thanks for reading, Amy

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  3. I missed hearing from you Amy :-) but I'm glad you're back! Looks like you have found some great ways to be economical for your wedding. People rarely remember the small detials...what they will remember is the special time they got to spend with you and Kevin! You are coming down the home stretch with all the planning...good luck!

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    1. I've missed writing and I'm glad that some readers missed me too :) More wedding stuff to come in another blog post sometime soon! Best, Amy

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  4. I love your use of almonds in many ways in this salad! Wheatberries are such an under used grain but such a good base for a healthy salad.

    Thanks for linking up to our first HVF!

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    1. I really enjoyed being part of the first HVF! I hope to follow along with you guys every week. Thanks so much for inviting me! Best, Amy

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  5. What a lovely recipe! I love sweet and savoury dishes. Thanks for submitting to HVF :)

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    1. Thank you Gabby. I'm so happy that I got to be part of the first HVF and I plan on submitting more recipes in the future as well! Best, Amy

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  6. The Wheatberry salad looks flavorful, and I bet it tastes just as good! The white-coated green-brown ingredients make an appetizing combination. :D I can definitely include this in my diet options. I can already imagine the nutty flavor of the berry with the almond milk. :D

    Joseph Carr

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    1. Thanks Joseph! Glad I can feature a recipe that gets you day dreaming of the flavors! This is definitely a favorite of mine. Thanks for reading- Amy

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