Berry & Cherry Salad

August 14, 2009

Berries and Cherries

Berries and Cherries

The berries in this salad are whole kernels of spelt and kamut, and they both contain gluten. Both are ancient relatives of wheat, and are highly nutritious – packed with protein, vitamins and minerals. This salad has a satisfying crunch from the raw veggies, and a pleasant chewiness from the berries. Originally I thought I would put dried sour cherries or apricots into this salad but I couldn’t bring myself to use dried fruit at this time of year so I added pitted and quartered fresh cherries.

Makes a lot, but not too much

1 cup spelt berries

1 cup kamut berries

3 ears of corn, kernels stripped

1 red pepper, diced

1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and quartered, or 1/3 cup dried fruit such as cherries, diced apricots, or currants

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

1/4 cup sundried olives, chopped, I used salty-spicy Hot Tunisian olives from Dundarave Olive Company

3 green onions, minced

1 orange, juiced and zested

Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons apple cider vineger

1 tablespoon agave

1 small shallot, minced

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt – this is a generous amount of salt for a vinaigrette, but there’s a lot of salad to season

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Rinse the spelt and kamut berries, put them into a large pot and cover with five cups of cold water. Top with a lid and bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer, partly covered, for about 45 minutes. The water will completely absorb. Meanwhile, whisk together the vinaigrette: dollop Dijon into a small bowl with the agave and add shallots, vinegar and salt. Whisk in olive oil. Set aside. In a large bowl toss in all remaining ingredients, including the partly-cooled spelt and kamut berries. Pour vinaigrette over and toss well. Serve and eat.

* A shout-out to Diane – thanks for the idea of a spelt and kamut salad, I hope you enjoy.

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3 Responses to “Berry & Cherry Salad”

  1. Julie said

    Just beautiful.

  2. JenG said

    Stunning Dawne!

  3. Ellis said

    Oh! So pretty!

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