Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad Recipe

 
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Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad
How to make Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad
  • Chef: Aida Mollenkamp, California Walnut Commission
  • Recipe Servings: 8
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  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Whole wheat grains cooked with vegetables, walnuts, Mexican chipotle and lots of herbs.

Ingredients of Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad

  • 2 Cups Soft wheat berries (rinsed) (whole wheat grains)
  • Kosher Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 Medium Yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cups Carrots (small diced)
  • 1 tsp Fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Chipotle (en adobo plus 1 teaspoon chipotle en adobo sauce), chopped
  • 1 Cup Walnut halves (toasted)
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 3 Scallions (light green and green parts thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Italian parsley or cilantro leaves, chopped

How to Make Chipotle and Toasted Walnut Wheat Berry Salad

  • 1.Fill a medium saucepan with heavily salted water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • 2.Stir in wheat berries, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until tender but still chewy, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • 3.Drain and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet to cool. (Can be made through this step up to 4 days ahead. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.)
  • 4.Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  • 5.Add carrots and a pinch of salt and cook until just softened but still retains some bite, about 5 minutes more.
  • 6.Stir in thyme and chipotle and sauce and cook until fragrant then remove from heat.
  • 7.Place wheat berries in a large, nonreactive bowl and add carrot mixture, nuts, and raisins.
  • 8.Whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, vinegar, and honey until honey is dissolved then stir into wheat berry mixture.
  • 9.Let salad marinate at least 15 minutes before serving or cover and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 24 hours.
  • 10.Just before serving, add the scallions and herbs.
Key Ingredients: Soft wheat berries (rinsed) (whole wheat grains), Kosher Salt, Olive oil (divided), Yellow onion, Carrots (small diced), Fresh thyme leaves, Chipotle (en adobo plus 1 teaspoon chipotle en adobo sauce), Walnut halves (toasted), Raisins, Red wine vinegar, Honey, Scallions (light green and green parts thinly sliced), Fresh Italian parsley or cilantro leaves
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