Roasted Beet & Orange Wheat Berry Salad

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Do you ever get a really random intense food craving?!?  Something that just strikes out of the blue with no rhyme nor reason?!?  It happened to me one day last week.  I was quilting away and all of the sudden…BEETS…I just had to have some beets!  Now don’t get me wrong – I like beets!  I like beets quite a lot actually.  But considering I’m not pregnant I just thought it was an odd craving!  Has anybody ever heard of menopausal cravings?  Maybe that’s a thing and if so, I need to know about it so I can blame one more thing on menopause!  If it’s not a thing – tough!  I’m blaming menopause anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I use my quilting (my “real” job) time to think deep thoughts…thoughts about life, family, politics, the afterlife, relationships, business, etc., and oddly enough…to develop recipes! ๐Ÿ˜‰  I just figure if I’m standing behind a noisy machine for a couple hours, doing something that for the most part comes as second nature and thus requiring little thought, I may as well put that idle thinking time to good use!  So by the time I’d finished the quilt I was working on, I’d come up with a recipe for those beets I was craving!  And today I’m sharing it with you…just in case you have a sudden random beet craving!

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The beets are peeled and cut into bite sized pieces, tossed with olive oil and a few seasonings, and roasted until they’re fork tender.  The wheat berries are simmered in a mixture of water and orange juice to infuse them with a hint of orange flavor. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette made from olive oil, white Balsamic vinegar, orange juice, honey, poppy seeds, and seasonings.  The cooked beets and berries are combined along with a little of the dressing and refrigerated for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld and to completely chill.  

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There’s something really wonderful about the earthy sweetness of the roasted beets and the subtle orange flavor and chewy texture of the wheat berries that combine to make an incredibly hearty and flavorful mid-winter salad! A bed of mixed greens with spicy arugula, the roasted beets and orange wheat berries, some roasted sunflower seeds for crunch, a few shavings of Parmesan cheese, and a tangy citrus dressing make this a perfect lunch! Serve it alongside a piece of baked fish or chicken and you’ve got a satisfying dinner! Any way you choose to serve it, it’s a little departure from the typical winter fare…a uniquely bold salad to satisfy my kooky beet craving!  I hope my beet-craving-inspired salad brightens your day and helps chase away the mid-winter doldrums!  

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What have you been craving lately?  Anything as random as beets?!? Let me know in the comments what you’ve had a hankering for and what you made to satisfy your craving!  Or…share your craving and we can brainstorm a recipe together!

Roasted Beet & Orange Wheat Berry Salad
Serves 8
A uniquely bold and flavorful salad perfect for chasing away mid-winter doldrums!
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421 calories
24 g
19 g
31 g
13 g
8 g
286 g
805 g
17 g
0 g
22 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
286g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421
Calories from Fat 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g
48%
Saturated Fat 8g
39%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 19mg
6%
Sodium 805mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
14%
Sugars 17g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
77%
Calcium
38%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Wheat Berries
  1. 1 1/2 cup uncooked wheat berries
  2. 1 1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice
  3. 1 1/2 cup water
  4. Zest of 1 orange
For the Beets
  1. 6 medium to large beets, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
  2. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  5. 1/4 tsp dried ginger
For the Dressing
  1. 2/3 cup extra light tasting olive oil
  2. 2/3 cup unsweetened orange juice
  3. 3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp honey
  5. Zest of 1 orange
  6. 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  7. 1/4 tsp dried ginger
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  10. 1 tsp poppy seeds
For the Salad
  1. Fresh salad greens
  2. Arugula
  3. Shaved Parmesan to taste
  4. 4 tbsp roasted sunflower seeds
For the Wheat Berries
  1. Bring orange juice, zest, and water to a boil.
  2. Stir in wheat berries, reduce heat, and simmer approximately 1 hour, or until wheat berries are tender and liquid is absorbed.
For the Beets
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Toss chopped beets with 2 tbsp EVOO and seasonings.
  3. Place on baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes until fork tender.
  4. Remove from oven and combine with cooked wheat berries and 1/2 cup dressing.
  5. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve.
For the Dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until emulsified.
  2. Transfer to jar and refrigerate.
For the Salads
  1. On each plate, place a generous amount of greens and arugula.
  2. Top with 1 cup Beet/Wheat Berry/Dressing mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with a few sunflower seeds and Parmesan shavings.
  4. Drizzle with a little more salad dressing as desired.
Notes
  1. The dressing can also be made by combining all the ingredients in a lidded mason jar and shaking well to combine.
  2. This salad makes an excellent light yet satisfying lunch, or a perfect accompaniment to an evening meal.
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Apple Wheat Berry Salad

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When I first married my husband I knew there’d be a learning curve…for both of us!  I think many young people are naive by thinking marrying the love of their life doesn’t come with hurdles!  Some of them are large, some are small, but all pose their own challenges and opportunities to learn about one another – and the family you’ve married into!  One challenge for me was figuring out how to blend the holiday traditions my husband grew up with, and the ones I was accustomed to, into a new set of traditions for our little growing family.  While we both grew up with similar values and faiths, there were definite differences we had to iron out.  And as crazy as it sounds, sometimes it was something as silly as an apple salad that bridged the gap!

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The first Thanksgiving we were together  – in fact it was the weekend he proposed to me – we went to his parents’ farm for the family gathering.  Of course there were all the traditional dishes – turkey, potatoes, green beans, rolls, etc. And even though they weren’t exactly like I’d have prepared it – all were delicious and it was fun to try new versions of classic holiday fare.  But it got a little awkward and tense when I volunteered to help, and my husband’s mom asked me to make the apple salad.  Ummmm…this was new to me!  Apparently they had this particular apple salad at every single holiday gathering, and I’d never made one before.  Thankfully his mom and sister-in-law taught me how to make it, and while it was good, I’m afraid it never made it into regular rotation at any of our subsequent holiday dinners – at least not in it’s original form!  I happily serve an apple salad at our holiday gatherings these days, but it’s not the recipe I was taught that particular Thanksgiving.  This Apple Wheat Berry Salad is a fresh take on the salad I made in that farm kitchen some 24 years ago!  I wonder if Mr.CEBH’S mom and dad would approve!!!

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I think one of the reasons we both like this salad so much is because it speaks to traditions – new and old!  By eliminating the jarred salad dressing, all of the sugar, and a few other ingredients, but keeping the apples, celery, and pecans – and then throwing in a myriad of other new ingredients I feel like I’ve successfully bridged the family tradition and generation gaps with this salad!  It’s definitely not my mother-in-law’s apple salad! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Start by cooking the wheat berries.  Put the uncooked wheat berries in a large sauce pan or small stock pot with about 4-5 cups water.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the berries are tender – about 40-45 minutes.  Drain excess water and set the cooked wheat berries in the fridge to cool.  I used the time while the wheat berries were cooking to make homemade mayonnaise – click the link for the recipe – but feel free to use store bought if you prefer.  Just be sure to use mayo and not salad dressing.  Next up –  toast the pecans by placing them in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently for about 5-7 minutes until aromatic and lightly browned.  But watch them closely…they can burn in an instant if left unattended. Once the pecans are done, set them aside to cool, and chop the celery, mince the shallot, and dice the apples.  Assemble the salad by combining the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt & pepper, and shallots in a large mixing bowl to make the dressing.  Toss in the cooled wheat berries, diced apples, chopped celery, and toasted pecans.  Stir to coat, transfer to a serving dish, and sit back and wait for the compliments to roll in!

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Seriously – I love this salad so much that I eat the leftovers for breakfast. And lunch. And an afternoon snack. And whenever the heck I think about it sitting in the refrigerator just waiting for me to sneak a little fork full!  Do you have recipes that you’ve learned from an in-law or friend and then adapted to make a new version?  Share them with me in the comments – I’d love to hear your “salad story”!!!

Apple Wheat Berry Salad
Serves 12
This salad is perfect as part of your holiday menu, or as a simple addition to a regular weeknight dinner!
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
236 calories
15 g
8 g
20 g
1 g
3 g
125 g
226 g
12 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236
Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g
31%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 226mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
25%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 or 4 large apples - any variety that you'd eat out of hand - diced
  2. 1 1/2 cups uncooked wheat berries
  3. 4 stalks celery, chopped
  4. 1 medium shallot, minced
  5. 1 cup pecans, toasted
  6. 1 cup mayonnaise ~ link to homemade in post
  7. 3 tbsp honey
  8. 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place wheat berries in a medium stockpot and cover with 4-5 cups water.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 40-45 minutes or until wheat berries are tender.
  3. Drain excess water and place cooked wheat berries in the refrigerator to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, toast pecans by placing them in a dry non-stick skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently and watching closely so they don't burn.
  5. Remove pecans from heat when aromatic and lightly browned, then set aside to cool.
  6. In a large bowl combine mayo, vinegar, minced shallot, honey, and salt & pepper. Whisk to combine.
  7. Stir in cooled wheat berries, apples, celery, and pecans until well combined.
  8. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This salad also makes a fantastic breakfast for on-the-run mornings!
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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

I AM A POTATO SALAD SNOB!  There – I said it!  I love potato salad…..when I make it!  I’m horrible….I know!  I’m just super picky when it comes to the spices, the add-ins, the dressing, and most especially, the potatoes!  I think what ruins it for me 99% of the time is when potato salad is made with over cooked potatoes,  YUK!  Having said all that, today I’m switching things up and making a sweet potato salad….definitely not your run-of-the-mill picnic fare!  

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Sweet potatoes are just so darn good – and good for you!  They are rich in beta carotene and an excellent source of vitamin A.  Research has shown that including a little healthy fat when eating sweet potatoes actually increases your body’s uptake of beta carotene.  The homemade mayo in this recipe provides the fat needed to accomplish this.  The salad is seasoned with curry and cumin, and cayenne…..three of my favorites!  But aside from being delicious these seasonings have health benefits as well!  Curry powder is actually a spice mix that health-wise is beneficial for the prevention of cancer, it can reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms, it eases inflammation and thereby pain, it boosts bone health, protects the immune system, and increases the liver’s ability to remove toxins. Ummmm….WOW!  More curry on EVERYTHING please!!!!  Cumin has a myriad of healthful benefits as well.  It’s a digestive aid, it helps treat insomnia, respiratory disorders, anemia, skin disorders, and cancer too!  Cayenne is an anti-cold and flu agent, it has anti-fungal properties, it can serve to prevent migraines, it’s an anti-allergen, it supports weight loss, and is credited with many other health benefits!  So basically what I’m saying is 1 serving of Grilled Sweet Potato Salad a day keeps the doctor away…or is at the very least as effective as an apple a day!

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So I’ve confessed to being a potato salad snob and hating over-cooked potatoes, but the other thing I hate is gloppy and goopy over-dressed potato salad!  To me, the dressing should enhance the flavors of all the ingredients and also act as a conduit for the seasonings.  If too much dressing is used, then all the flavors are lost and the salad is just….yucky!  ๐Ÿ™  For today’s recipe I’m only using a half cup of homemade mayonnaise – the perfect amount to coat all the salad ingredients, carry all those warm yummy spices, and enhance the flavors of all the components of this salad.

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The ingredient list for this salad is pretty straight forward.  Obviously we need sweet potatoes (with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper for grilling) and mayonnaise – I use homemade and you can find my recipe here, also pecans, craisins, a small shallot, a little salt, and some lemon juice.  I also decided to grill the sweet potatoes to add another layer of flavor, but in the winter I roast them so I don’t have to trudge through the snow!  I like the pecans for crunch, and flavor, of course!  And the craisins are such a natural complement to the sweet potatoes, plus I like the chewy sweetness they add!  In a large bowl I mix the mayo, minced shallot, seasonings, and lemon juice.  After grilling the sweet potatoes I cut them into bite sized pieces and combine them, the pecans, and craisins with the seasoned dressing.  Gently stir it all together to get the yummy dressing distributed on all the other ingredients.

I do like to peel my sweet potatoes a little bit.  I don’t worry about getting every bit of peel removed, but I’m just not a fan of the skins – if you like them then by all means, leave them on!  After peeling the potatoes, slice them into approximately 1/2″ thick rounds.  Once they’re all peeled and sliced, toss them with the olive oil and a little salt and pepper, then grill them on medium heat for about 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking time.  Keep an eye on them after about 15 minutes to make sure they don’t get too soft.  You may find you need to remove some of the smaller pieces before the larger ones are done.  Once they’re grilled and cooled enough to handle, cut them into pieces and assemble the salad!

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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad | cookeatbehealthy.com

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad | cookeatbehealthy.com

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad | cookeatbehealthy.com

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Serves 8
Sweet potatoes, pecans, and craisins give a unique twist to potato salad!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
240 calories
19 g
6 g
18 g
2 g
2 g
84 g
262 g
9 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
84g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
Calories from Fat 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 262mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
139%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
2%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds, peeled & sliced into 1/2" rounds
  2. 1/2 cup pecans, slightly broken up by hand
  3. 2/3 cup craisins
  4. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1 small shallot, finely minced
  6. 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  7. 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  8. 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp curry powder
  10. 1/2 tsp cumin
  11. 1/4 tsp cayenne
Instructions
  1. Toss sliced sweet potatoes with EVOO and salt & pepper, and grill over medium heat approximately 15-20 minutes or until al dente, turning after the first 10 minutes of cooking time.
  2. Meanwhile mix mayo, minced shallot, lemon juice, curry, cumin, and cayenne in large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut into bite sized pieces.
  4. Add cut sweet potatoes, pecans, and craisins to the large bowl and stir gently until everything is combined and coated in dressing.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt if needed.
  6. Refrigerate in covered container.
Notes
  1. I recommend making the salad several hours before serving so it has a chance to thoroughly chill and to allow the flavors meld.
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So next time you host a cook-out, or you volunteer to take a salad to a party, keep this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad in mind!  A change-of-pace potato salad is always a good thing!

Raspberry Spinach Salad

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I love a good salad, but to be perfectly honest, sometimes I get in a salad rut.  I always tend to go with the same-old-same-old.  You know…mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, radishes….the old salad stand-bys.  Don’t get me wrong though, I love this very predictable salad!  I love it by itself, as a side, or loaded up with some grilled chicken too!    So today I wanted to switch it up a little bit, but with a salad that still had all the elements of what I deem to be “Salading 101”!

So for me a fresh salad has to have something green and leafy as the base.  This can be anything you prefer.  Maybe you like spicy rocket (I don’t usually call arugula, rocket, but since Anna is still in London I’m going to call it by the UK name ๐Ÿ˜‰).  Or maybe your favorite leafy green is crisp romaine, or perhaps mixed baby greens.  Some people like good ‘ol iceberg, some prefer the fresh leaf lettuces they grow themselves or pick up at farmers markets, and of course the “in” green of the moment, kale.  I like all of these, and I can’t say I have a favorite – I like to pick whatever looks the freshest!  But for today’s salad I chose spinach.  I love the deep green of baby spinach leaves, I like the sturdy texture that holds up to toppings and dressing, and I like love the flavor of fresh spinach.  I think it pairs perfectly with the fruit in this salad!

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Next, a salad needs more than just greens.  I suppose technically as long as you dressed some greens that would be a salad, albeit a slightly boring and uninspired salad!  I mentioned that spinach and fruit make a great pairing, and for today’s salad I chose to use fresh raspberries and grapes, and sliced fresh oranges.  The sweetness of the berries and grapes contrast so nicely with the juicy tartness of the orange.

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Thirdly,  I think all salads need something crunchy -other than fruit or vegetables- and I chose walnuts for this salad.  I love the texture, I think the creamy crunchiness of walnuts make them one of my favorite nuts!  Plus the little folds are great for capturing the salad dressing!  If you don’t like the flavor of walnuts then by all means, sub in a nut you do like!  

And finally, the crowning glory of your salad….the dressing!  For this light summery salad I made a fresh raspberry vinaigrette, and let me just say….YUM!!!!  This is one of my favorite dressings!  When I first adopted the Cook Eat Be Healthy lifestyle I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a dressing I found as satisfying taste-wise as creamy ranch dressing, but boy oh boy, was I wrong!  This dressing hits all my must-haves in a dressing.  First and foremost, it’s delicious!  It’s a great combination of sweet, tangy, and acidic flavors.  It’s gorgeous in color, and only made prettier by the addition of poppyseeds.  I’ve probably made raspberry vinaigrette 3 or 4 times in the past 4 months and we always use it down to the last drop. It’s perfect on salads, as a sandwich dressing, or even as a marinade for chicken or pork!  Gotta love a multi-purpose recipe!!!

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Raspberry Vinaigrette | cookeatbehealthy.com

The most difficult part of this salad is making the dressing, and by difficult I mean it takes like 3-5 minutes!  I recommend making the raspberry vinaigrette several hours, or up to a couple days in advance.  The flavors develop marvelously when left to their own devices in the refrigerator!  All you need is some fresh raspberries, some honey (I used chili infused because I like things hot), some extra light tasting olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes and cayenne (100% optional….but if you like spicy, I encourage you to add the heat – it’s amazing in this dressing), garlic, and some pretty little poppyseeds!  I blend everything but the olive oil in the food processor and then drizzle in the oil slowly while blending on low.  This allows all the ingredients to emulsify into a creamy and sensational tasting salad dressing!

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I like to make individual little salads so I can layer the orange slices on top of the spinach, then sprinkle on a handful of raspberries and grapes, a few nuts, and then finally drizzle the delectable dressing (Wow, Lisa! Great job on the alliteration!).  This also makes it easier to personalize each salad with more or less of any of the ingredients, or to make any substitutions to suit personal preferences.

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Raspberry Spinach Salad
Serves 4
Get out of the salad rut with this fresh summery salad featuring baby spinach and raspberries with a sweet, tangy, and spicy raspberry vinaigrette dressing!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
485 calories
39 g
0 g
37 g
5 g
5 g
309 g
595 g
27 g
0 g
30 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
309g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485
Calories from Fat 322
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g
57%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 595mg
25%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 9g
36%
Sugars 27g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
93%
Vitamin C
117%
Calcium
12%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the salad
  1. 6 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  2. 1 cup fresh red raspberries
  3. 1 cup red grapes
  4. 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
  5. 1/2 cup walnuts, slightly chopped
  6. 6 to 8 tbsp Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette
For the Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette
  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh red raspberries
  2. 6 tbsp extra light tasting olive oil
  3. 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  4. 2 tbsp chili infused honey (sub regular honey if chili infused not available)
  5. 2 tsp garlic, about 2 cloves, chopped
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  8. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  9. 1 tsp poppyseeds
For the Raspberry Vinaigrette
  1. In bowl of food processor combine raspberries, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, pepper flakes, and cayenne. Process on low a few seconds to blend completely.
  2. Slowly drizzle olive oil into processor while blending on low speed until all oil is added and dressing is emulsified.
  3. Add poppyseeds and pulse just a couple times to distribute them evenly in the dressing.
  4. Place in covered container and refrigerate until ready to use. I recommend making the dressing a few hours or up to a couple days before using to allow the flavors to meld and develop.
For the Salad
  1. Evenly distribute the spinach, raspberries, oranges, grapes, and walnuts among 4 serving dishes.
  2. Top each salad with 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp Raspberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette, using more or less as desired.
  3. Serve immediately.
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***Don’t panic over the calories and fat – the numbers include the entire dressing recipe and you’ll only use a small portion per salad!***

I hope you’ll give this fresh summery salad a try soon.  But like with all my recipes, I encourage you to use them as more of a guideline than a chiseled-in-stone recipe, so adapt it as you see fit to suit your personal tastes and then share your changes and ideas with me.  I love the collaboration of  sharing new ideas and takes on recipes!  I believe there’s  no better place to show off your creativity than the kitchen! 

This concludes today’s lesson in “Salading 101”.  You’ll be happy to know there is no test, and you all passed with flying colors!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grilled Chicken & Plumcot Salad

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I was at Sam’s Club the other day and I picked up some super delicious and beautiful plumcots!  They’re a hybrid of plums and apricots, so even if you’ve never had one, I’m sure you can imagine just how delicious they are!  I love finding new and unusual ingredients like these because it gives my creativity a jolt!  In the car on the way home I was hit with the inspiration to make a summery salad with chicken and plumcots!

Now I don’t know about you, but since we tend to eat lighter in the summer, and that oftentimes means not turning on the oven or stove for days at a time!  We use our grill A LOT in the summer because it helps keep the house cooler, plus we suffer through some really horrible cold and snowy winters here in Iowa, so when we have decent weather for grilling we tend to take advantage of it!  That got me thinking that maybe grilling the chicken for my salad would be an interesting change from the basic baked or poached chicken I’d usually prepare for chicken salad.  And like I mentioned, that meant I wouldn’t have to turn on the stove at all!

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So I had 2 ingredients…but grilled chicken and plumcots alone do not make a salad!  I combined all my favorite components of other chicken salads I’d eaten and I have to say…this one is a WINNER!  I marinated the chicken breasts in olive oil, white wine vinegar, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, garlic, and a little stone ground Dijon mustard.  Then I made a dressing out of homemade mayo (click for the recipe), honey, more of the Dijon mustard, a little lemon juice, and some fresh dill.  My other ingredients include walnuts, celery, and orange bell pepper.  Not only is this a fabulous tasting and simple to prepare salad, but it’s so pretty as well!

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The salad goes together in a jiff once the chicken is grilled and your mayo is made!  I think the hardest part was just figuring out how I wanted to serve it….can you tell I couldn’t make up my mind?!?  I kind of just wanted to dig right in with a fork, but I restrained myself!  I made a wrap with a sprouted grain wrap from Alvarado Street Bakery , the chicken salad, bibb lettuce, and sliced oranges for a super fresh burst of flavor.  Then I used a sprouted pita from Ezekiel, more bibb lettuce, and some smoked Gouda with a generous portion of the grilled chicken & plumcot salad.  I stuffed half an orange bell pepper, and I think the salad looks super cute served on an orange slice…either of which would make a delicious addition to a brunch or lunch menu!  My imagination is running wild….how about on toasted sourdough bread?  Or stuffed in a cucumber or tomato?  And I bet it’d be fabulous stuffed in an avocado too!

Yields 6 servings

Grilled Chicken & Plumcot Salad

A fresh summer salad of grilled chicken, plumcots, veggies, walnuts, and honey dijon mayo!

1 hrPrep Time

20 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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Ingredients

    for the grilled chicken:
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp stone ground Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic, about 1 clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • for the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp stone ground Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • for the salad:
  • Diced grilled chicken
  • Honey Dijon mayo dressing
  • 2 plumcots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, halved lengthwise and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat gas grill to medium setting, or prepare charcol grill.
  2. Combine marinade ingredients in gallon resealable bag. Place chicken in bag and smoosh marinade all over chicken.
  3. Marinade at least 1 hour, or up to 4, turning occasionally.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and grill about 20 minutes, turning halfway through, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  5. Remove from grill and set aside until cool enough to handle, then cut into small bite size pieces.
  6. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  7. In a large bowl combine chopped chicken, plumcots, celery, bell pepper, and walnuts. Toss together.
  8. Pour dressing over salad ingredients and stir until well combined.
  9. Serve as desired.
Recipe Type: Main Dish Salad

Notes

Store leftovers in covered container in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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Calories
197 cal
Fat
11 g
Carbs
8 g
Protein
17 g


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How about you?  How many ways can you think to serve this lucious summer salad?!?  Leave me a note in the comments with your ideas…I’d love to see what you all come up with!

Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette | cookeatbehealthy.com

I had a really hard time deciding if this recipe was actually a salsa or a salad, so I looked up the definition of salsa and this is what I found….A spicy sauce of chopped, usually uncooked vegetables or fruit, especially tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers, used as a condiment.  So ok…..no tomatoes, but I’ve got fruit and other vegetables including onions and peppers covered.  Then I looked up the definition of a salad and this is what I found….A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise.  So ok….I’ve got cold fruit and vegetables covered once again, along with a dressing which actually does have a little mayo in it.  So I think what I have here is what would happen if salsa and fruit salad were to have a baby!  ๐Ÿ‘ถ  So I could name this baby Fruity Poppyseed  Salsalad, or maybe Lemony Fruit Saladsa, but then you’d all think I was totally nuts, so in the end I settled on Fruit Salsa with Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette!  

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The fresh factor of this salsa is amped up from the addition of mango and strawberry , which both work fabulously with the red bell pepper, avocado, red onion, and jalapeรฑo!  For the vinaigrette I combined some homemade mayonnaise (find my favorite mayo recipe here), extra light tasting olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, finely zested lemon, a little chile infused honey, and a sprinkle of  poppyseeds.  I put the creamy vinaigrette ingredients in a mason jar and shook it until it was well combined, then poured it over the fruit and vegetables that I had tossed together in a large bowl.  Then I simply stirred it all together until every bit was coated in vinaigrette!  Of course, then I tasted it to make sure it was good. Then I tasted it again to make sure it was really good!  And then I tasted it again and did a happy dance ’cause it was so darn good!!!

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Fruit Salsa with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette
Serves 8
A luscious combination of sweet fruit, flavorful vegetables, tangy lemon dressing, and a little kick of spicy heat!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
207 calories
24 g
3 g
13 g
2 g
2 g
193 g
123 g
19 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
193g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 123mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 19g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
126%
Calcium
3%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Salsa
  1. 2 ripe mangoes, chopped
  2. 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
  3. 1 avocado, diced
  4. 1 jalapeรฑo, finely diced
  5. 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped small
  6. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
For the Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup homemade mayonnaise
  2. Zest of 1 lemon
  3. 4 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  4. 2 tbsp extra light tasting olive oil
  5. 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp poppy seeds
  8. 2 tbsp chile infused, or regular, honey
For the Dressing
  1. Place all dressing ingredients in a mason jar with lid and shake until well combined, or place ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
For the Salsa
  1. Place chopped fruit and vegetables in large mixing bowl and toss until combined.
  2. Pour Lemon Poppyseed Dressing over tossed salsa ingredients and stir until completely covered.
  3. serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve later.
Notes
  1. This actually gets better as it sits in the fridge for a couple hours to let the flavors meld!
  2. Refrigerate leftovers in covered container for up to 1 week.
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calories
207
fat
13g
protein
2g
carbs
24g
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My imagination is running wild with all the possible ways to use this salsalad saladsa salsa!  What about with some cinnamon tortilla chips?  How about on a piece of toast with cream cheese?  Maybe stirred into some plain yogurt!  I have one fab idea up my sleeve, but I’m not telling what it is – until my next blog post, that is!  ๐Ÿ˜‰  

Grilled Fruit & Wheat Berry Salad

Grilled Fruit & Wheat Berry Salad | cookeatbehealthy.com

When it comes to living the Cook Eat Be Healthy lifestyle I do really well until it comes time to develop unique and flavorful side dishes.  I think maybe it’s due in part to the fact that I’m really content to eat just grilled or roasted veggies as a side dish about 99% of the time!  It’s not that I’m boring.  Really it’s not!  It’s just that I REALLY like vegetables!  And it’s not like I always eat the same ones…I mix up the selection of veggies I eat all the time.  Frequently in the spring and summer my vegetables of choice are whatever I can get fresh at the farmers market!

So today I put on my thinking cap and came up with a really special salad made with wheat berries and grilled fruit, and brightened with the flavors of lime and fresh mint!  There’s something about wheat berries that just make me happy!  I love the snappy chewy texture of those little gems!  And I really enjoy pairing wheat berries with fruit because they seem to have a very naturally symbiotic relationship!

Another thing I love about this salad is the grilled fruit.  I’ve made similar fruit and wheat berry salads before, but never with these particular fruits, and certainly never with grilled fruit!  Grilling fruit is kinda like magic….it elevates the fruit from that to which we’re all accustomed, to something completely out-of-this-world delicious!

Grilled Fruit & Wheat Berry Salad | cookeatbehealty.com

Just take a good look at all those beautiful ingredients!  I simmered the wheat berries in water while I prepared the rest of my ingredients, then drained and chilled them until I was ready to mix the salad all together.  Next I grilled the pineapple, peaches, and strawberries.  I used canned pineapple because I wanted to use a little of the pineapple juice in the dressing, but you could certainly use fresh pineapple and just omit the juice.  I also used a little unsweetened coconut for flavor and texture, pecans and celery for crunch, honey to sweeten the salad, scallions for a little savory element, homemade mayo for creaminess, and lime juice and zest for a little zing.  Then I finished the salad with just the teensiest bit of fresh spearmint leaf chiffonade!  

Let’s take just a moment to appreciate all the different layers and nuances this salad has!  Sweet, sour, savory, snappy, crispy, crunchy, chewy, creamy, zingy….oh my!  You’re going to love this salad as much as I do, I’m certain of it!  ๐Ÿ˜  I paired it with the Triple ‘B” Burgers that were featured on Cookeatbehealthy.com earlier this week, but I think it would be a fabulous light side dish served alongside grilled chicken or fish as well!

Tip:  Find my recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise here, or in the link above!

Grilled Fruit & Wheat Berry Salad
Serves 8
A light summery salad made with fresh grilled fruit and wheat berries.....bound to be a new family favorite!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
269 calories
38 g
3 g
14 g
3 g
5 g
303 g
54 g
31 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
303g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269
Calories from Fat 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 5g
23%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 54mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 5g
20%
Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
71%
Calcium
4%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the salad
  1. 1 cup uncooked wheat berries
  2. 1 20oz can pineapple rings, packed in their own juice, drained and reserved
  3. 4 fresh peaches, halved, and pits removed
  4. 12 large fresh strawberries, hulled
  5. 1/2 cup unsalted roasted pecans, slightly chopped
  6. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  7. 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  8. 1 tbsp very finely minced scallion, or about 1 scallion
  9. Few fresh spearmint leaves
  10. Extra light tasting olive oil to brush the grill pan
For the dressing
  1. 1/4 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
  2. 2 tbsp reserved pineapple juice
  3. Zest of 1 lime
  4. 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  5. 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Place 1 cup wheat berries in large saucepan with 3 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 1 hour or until wheat berries are tender. Drain remaining water and place wheat berries in the refrigerator to cool.
  2. While wheat berries are cooking pre-heat gas grill to medium heat.
  3. Brush a grill pan with the olive oil and place on grill, adding fruit in a single layer.
  4. Grill fruit until pineapple and peaches are slightly grill marked, and strawberries just begin to soften. About 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove fruit from heat and set aside until cool enough to handle, then cut into bite size pieces.
  6. While fruit is cooling and wheat berries are simmering, prepare onion, celery, and pecans.
  7. Once the wheat berries and fruit are prepared, combine them with the celery, scallion, pecans, and coconut in a large mixing bowl. Pour mayo & lime dressing over salad ingredients and stir to coat.
  8. Finally add the spearmint chiffonade and stir well.
For the dressing
  1. In a mason jar, or small bowl, combine homemade mayo, lime and pineapple juices, lime zest, and honey.
  2. Shake or stir until well combined.
  3. Pour over salad as instructed above.
Notes
  1. Serve chilled.
  2. Refrigerate leftovers in covered container in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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fat
14g
protein
3g
carbs
38g
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This salad is so good it’s destined to become a summertime classic in my kitchen, and hopefully in yours too!  Meanwhile I’ll keep my thinking cap on (such a good look compared to my dunce hat), and hopefully inspiration for some new healthy and delicious side dishes will strike!!!!