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Wheatberry Currant Salad

This wheatberry currant salad is a chewy, cinnamony sweet grain salad filled with tart currants and tossed with an orange honey dressing.

I’ve learned a few things from joining a CSA this year.

So far:

Organic, non-pesticide ridden fruit is about 3 times smaller than the stuff you buy in stores. It’s also about 3 times more tasty.

Sheep make a hell of a lot of noise.

Apparently, I eat about 4 times the amount a family of 4 does if 4 leaves of kale are considered a “bunch”.

People that work at CSAs/farms are exactly what you picture in your head. Flannel shirts, no makeup, quirky and extremely nice.

Wheatberry currant salad

Currants actually exist in a form other than “dried”.

Wheatberry salad

Who knew?

Ok, I guess I knew but honestly, I’ve never in my life actually seen them in a grocery store. Guess they’d rather stock the shelves with steroid pumped strawberries instead.

These blueberry lookalikes came last week for the first time and I was at an absolute loss at what to do with them. At first, I thought they were too tart to eat raw but the thought of turning them into a sweetened jam or sauce seemed like too boring and predictable of a route. So I kept eating them one by one, hovering over the sink until I decided on a classic fruit + grain salad. To offset the tartness of the raw fruit, I’d sweeten and spice up the grain.

Wheatberry currant salad

What resulted was a partially acceptable breakfast salad, a quirky dinner side salad or an excellent snack over plain yogurt. Take your pick.

Chewy, tart, sweet and minty.

Wheatberry currant salad

It’s an eclectic little salad which seems totally appropriate considering it’s quirky, flannel loving origin.

Wheatberry currant salad

Wheatberry Currant Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This wheatberry currant salad is a chewy, cinnamony sweet grain salad filled with tart currants and tossed with an orange honey dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup cooked wheatberries
  • 1 cup fresh currants
  • 4 leaves of mint, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Combine wheatberries, currants, pecans, mint and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the orange juice and honey.
  3. Pour the dressing over the the wheatberry mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Serve room temperature or chilled.

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Kat

Wednesday 4th of July 2012

I have about a gagillion current berries and idk what to do with them. P and I have just been eating them off the bush. I can't believe your CSA had some so cool!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Wednesday 4th of July 2012

I can't wait to join CSA! Your salad sounds fabulous!

Christina @ The Athletarian

Wednesday 4th of July 2012

I have never tried wheatberries but I keep seeing these amazing recipes being posted! I need to try them. I love all of the ingredients you have in this salad! Mint makes things so refreshing, especially in the summer!

Julie @ Table for Two

Tuesday 3rd of July 2012

you use the coolest grains and incorporate the coolest flavors. hands down. winner!

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