Wheat Berries with Strawberries

The weather is finally getting nicer out here and because of that I have officially retired my puffy winter coat.  I also should probably officially get that baby cleaned.  It was a long winter.  While I’m loving these comfortable temperatures, I’m not loving the high winds we’ve been getting.  I fully stand by the proposition that people without bangs do not fully understand the horror of high winds.  Sure, windblown hair isn’t the end of the world.  Bring a brush.  Embrace the poof.  Whatever.

Do you know what is not so easily remedied?  Being poked in the eye by your in-need-of-a-trim-bangs as they fly around your forehead like Medusa’s snakes.  Also not fun?  Poking yourself in the eye as you try to fend off the stab-ey bangs.  I’m telling you, guys.  Wind is a real hazard for those of us with covered foreheads.  Bangless people don’t understand our pain.

In honor of the nicer weather I am posting this summery salad!  It starts off with some berries: strawberries and wheat berries .  And then there’s this ridiculous citrus vinaigrette that you’re pretty much going to want to put on everything.  There is so much goodness happening in this salad you won’t know what to do with yourself!

Wheat Berries with Strawberries

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Ingredients

2 cups wheat berries, rinsed and drained

4 cups vegetable broth

1/2 tsp salt

grated zest of 1/2 orange

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tbsp light agave nectar

1/4 packed cup fresh mint, finely chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

10 medium strawberries, hulled and chopped

2 ounces (1/4 cup) goat or feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:

For the wheat berries:

Combine the wheat berries, broth, 4 cups water, and the salt in a large sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, covering the pan.  Cook until the wheat berries are tender, 60-70 minutes.  Drain and set aside ot cool, around 15 minutes.

For the dressing:

Whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, oil, agave, mint, salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the wheat berries and add the strawberries and goat or feta cheese.  Toss to combine.

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Source:  Giada’s Feel Good Foods

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