Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad with Ham

11
Total Time
1 hr 23 min
Prep
18 min
Cook
1 hr 5 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
The wheat berry is a whole unprocessed wheat kernel that adds fabulous crunch and texture to salads or cooked dishes such as pilafs and casseroles.

Ingredients

water

2¼ cup(s)

uncooked wheat berries

1 cup(s)

lean deli-sliced honey ham

½ pound(s), fat-free, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes

fresh apple(s)

1 medium, Granny Smith, cored and cubed

uncooked red onion(s)

1 medium, finely chopped

golden seedless raisins

1 cup(s)

uncooked celery

2 rib(s), medium, finely chopped

chopped walnuts

¼ cup(s)

fresh parsley

¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped

apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp

unsweetened orange juice

2 Tbsp

honey

1 Tbsp

olive oil

1 Tbsp

ginger root

1 Tbsp, fresh, peeled and minced

Dijon mustard

1 tsp

table salt

¼ tsp

bibb lettuce

6 leaf/leaves, or Boston lettuce

Instructions

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan; stir in the wheat berries. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the wheat berries are tender and liquid is absorbed, about 1 hour.
  2. Combine the ham, apple, onion, raisins, celery, walnuts, and parsley in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk together the vinegar, orange juice, honey, oil, ginger, mustard, and salt in a small bowl. Stir the vinegar mixture into ham mixture until blended. Add the wheat berries; toss well.
  4. Arrange the lettuce leaves in each of 6 bowls. Spoon the wheat-berry mixture (about 1 cup) on top of each. Serve at once. Yields 1 salad per serving.

Notes

Uncooked wheat berries (available at health-food stores) keep for up to one year stored in an airtight container in the pantry. If you prefer, you can substitute cubed cooked chicken or turkey for the ham.Since wheat berries take an hour to cook, you may want to cook them ahead and store them in a zip-close plastic bag in the refrigerator—they will keep for up to three days. Toss them with the remaining ingredients just before serving.

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