Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Food Storage Salads: Cranberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

When I first started thinking about salads that could be made from food storage ingredients, the only salad I was familiar with was a salad made from Wheat berries that I tried at a food storage fair.  It was terrible.  I was reluctant to even try making one, but the idea of it was such a good one.  Wheat is the basis of most everyone’s food storage, and if I could come up with a good salad made from wheat berries it would be a great addition to my food storage repertoire.  So I tried a few and after a few yucky salads I have come up with one I really like.  I hope you like it to.  By the way this poppy seed dressing is a great recipe on any salad.   

Cranberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Salad Ingredients
1 1/2 cups hard wheat berries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup freeze dried Celery, re-hydrated
1/3 cup freeze dried onion, re-hydrated
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Poppy Seed Dressing Ingredients
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 cups vegetable oil
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1 ½  tablespoon poppy seeds
Salad Directions:
In a large pot combine the wheat berries and enough water to come 2 inches over the wheat berries. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until tender and plump. Drain and let cool.
Toast the walnuts in a medium dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the wheat berries, walnuts, celery, dried cranberries, celery, and onion and cheese.  Add salad dressing and enjoy.  Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.  
Salad Dressing Directions:
Combine all dressing ingredient in a blender an blend until smooth and creamy. Pour desired amount over salad


  1. Have you tried the broccoli and wheat berry salad in "I Dare You To Eat It". It's my husband's favorite. I also make a yummy BBQ chicken and wheat berry salad if you're interested.

  2. Heather,
    I would love your BBQ chicken and wheat berry salad recipe. I love bbq anything! Please share.