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The Ultimate Fall Wheatberry Salad

Course: Side Dish
Prep Time: 36 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Grains are the perfect complement to your favorite seasonal flavors. We love this hearty wheatberry salad, which pairs spicy arugula with sweet pomegranate seeds.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried wheatberries known as hard red winter wheat
  • 1 large butternut squash about 2 1/2 pounds, peeled, deseeded and diced into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 3 cups arugula or baby spinach

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary or fresh if you have it!

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot with water and 1 tsp. kosher salt and wheatberries. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a low simmer for 1 hour, until wheatberries are tender enough to chew. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Toss cubed squash with 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
  • Line a pan with foil and fill with squash. Cover with more foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove squash, uncover and add 2 cups cranberries. Bake for another 15 minutes, until squash is fork-tenderand berries have softened.
  • Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients in a jar and shaking well.
  • Coat wheatberries with dressing. Toss to combine.
  • Add squash and cranberries, pomegranate arils and arugula, and toss everything well.
  • Serve slightly warm, room temperature or chilled.

Notes

Try this tasty holiday recipe for the Ultimate Fall Wheatberry Salad.