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beet walnut wheat berry salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette

Desciption

this salad can be served as a main dish--it has a combination of grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds to provide complete proteins--or as a side dish. it is a versatile dish, too. you could easily swap out various ingredients to adjust it to your taste. for example, you could swap oranges for limes, rice for wheat berries, lentils for beans, parsley for cilantro, or roasted sweet potatoes for beets.

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Steps

  1. Cook the wheat berries in salted water until softened and chewy
  2. You can either soak overnight to reduce cooking time
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Remove from heat and then let soak a few hours in advance
  5. Or bring to a boil and simmer until cooked through
  6. "it is important to salt the water when cooking the grains so they absorb the salt and have flavor--but dont over salt !"
  7. Once the wheat berries are cooked to your desired consistency
  8. Drain them and drizzle with the rice wine vinegar
  9. Heat oven to 400f while the wheat berries are cooking
  10. Cut the tops and bottoms off the beets
  11. Peel
  12. And cube into 1 / 2" pieces
  13. In a bowl
  14. Toss cubed beets with the 2 tbsp olive oil and salt to taste
  15. Spread evenly on a cooking sheet
  16. Cook beets until they are beginning to caramelize
  17. Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit
  18. In a large bowl
  19. Add cooked wheat berries
  20. Drained beans
  21. Roasted beets
  22. Walnuts
  23. Pumpkin seeds
  24. Scallions
  25. Cilantro
  26. Lime zest and juice
  27. And olive oil
  28. Stir well
  29. Taste
  30. Season with more salt
  31. Acid
  32. Or oil to bring the flavors in to balance

Step 15

Total Time in Minute 75

Ingredients Count 11

cooking beet  walnut  wheat berry salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette

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Ingredients

Wheat berries

Rice wine vinegar

Black beans

Beets

Extra virgin olive oil

Walnuts

Pumpkin seeds

Scallions

Cilantro

Limes

Salt and pepper

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