Scratch Made: Wheatberry Cranberry Salad

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Think cranberries are just a Thanksgiving Day table filler?

Think again.

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1. I have never (and probably will never) eat the canned cranberry sauce. If something comes out of a can and holds that shape, with the ripples down the sides, it makes me want to stay away.

2. Fresh cranberries are delicious! They deserve more respect and shouldn’t be relegated to being just a jiggling side dish.

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This dish has so much going on, but it all works together.

Chewy wheatberries, creamy chickpeas, fresh and crunchy zucchini. Tart cranberries, salty feta, decadent olive oil dressing.

Since so much of the flavor comes from the feta, cranberries, and dressing, feel free to toss in whatever veggies you have on hand. Grain salads are extremely versatile, which is one reason I love them.

Wheatberry Cranberry Salad

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1.5 cups wheatberries
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine cranberries, maple, and orange zest in small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and let simmer 5-10 minutes or until most of the cranberries have popped. Take off heat and let cool.
  2. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add in wheatberries, lower to a simmer and let cook 30-40 minutes.
  3. Once wheatberries are cooked, mix all ingredients in large bowl.
  4. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.

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11 comments

  1. Where can I find wheatberries? I can’t say that I’ve ever seen them, or maybe I’ve jsut never noticed them!

    • I get them in the bulk section at my local health food store. If you have a Whole Foods, I’m pretty sure they would have them, too. Or you could always order online!

  2. I had my first cranberries of the season this past week! There was a nice cranberry sauce on a turkey burkey that I ordered that was to die for!

  3. I’ve never had wheatberries or fresh cranberries before. I am missing out! This looks great!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever had fresh cranberries. I get craisins all the time, but the gelatinous cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving usually isn’t very appealing to me…that salad looks delish though!

  5. I’m with you on the canned cranberries – yuck! Fresh is the way to go.

  6. This looks delicious, Brandi! I am a cranberry fan, too – I think it’s my favorite part of thanksgiving. Ironically, it is not the most loved food amongst most of my family members – hence, I had the canned kind every year up until last Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to make it homemade again this year :)

  7. This looks like an incredible recipe and I’m bookmarking it for Thanksgiving this year. Thanks!

  8. This is so gorgeous! I love fresh cranberry sauce (I can’t stand the canned version either), so I know I would love this dish. Have fun this weekend

  9. fabulous idea with the cranberries!!

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