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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

{ Brussel Sprout Salad with Wheat Berries, Cranberries and Feta }

I am seriously in love with wheat berries!  I bought wheat berries on a whim to try in my salads, and I am not hooked on this super grain!   what I love most about wheat berries are their  hearty, slightly chewy texture, plus wheat berries are a power grain offering protein, iron and fiber in every bite! 

You know what else I love?  The combination of ingredients in this here salad!  

I never thought I would say this, but the star ingredient in of this salad is one of my all time favorite veggies, brussel sprouts.  These delicious little green veggies have been combined with tangy cranberries, crumbly feta, wheat berries, and a lemon honey poppyseed dressing to create a delicious and fresh salad!  

The dressing is light enough to offer a subtle hint of flavor.  But believe me you don't need much dressing, this salad has enough flavor on its own!  The brussel sprouts are pan seared to a nice golden brown, which really gives them a lovely flavor!  

Enjoy this salad as a light lunch or meatless dinner.  This salad would also be delicious served along side salmon or grilled chicken


Brussel Sprout Salad with Wheat Berries, Cranberries and Feta 
Featuring a Lemon Honey Poppy seed Dressing 
Brunch N' Cupcakes
Serves 3-4


1 Cup Wheat Berries - Prepared 
1 Lb Brussel Sprouts, washed and halved 
1/4 Cup Cranberries 
1/4 Cup Feta Cheese either cubed or crumbled 
3 Cloves Garlic Minced
2 teaspoons pepper 

Lemon Honey Poppy seed Dressing:
2 Teaspoons Honey 
Juice from one Lemon 
1 Teaspoon Poppy Seeds 
2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar 
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic 
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 

1- In a large skillet heat 1 teaspoon olive oil, saute garlic until fragrant. Add brussel sprouts and pepper.  Cook brussel sprouts for about 20 minutes, until outside edges begin to look "chared" or brussel sprouts are tender. 
2- Combine prepared wheat berries, cooked brussel sprouts, cranberries and feta in a large bowl. 
3- In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. 
4- Pour dressing over wheat berry mixture, and toss to combine.  Serve and Enjoy! 

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