This healthful and festive salad featuring roasted chestnuts, a seasonal favorite, makes a great addition to your holiday dinner. Add the wonderfully rich flavor of chestnuts by either roasting your own or picking up a jar of roasted ones in our stores. Wheat berries offer a delightfully chewy, satisfying texture. A simple mixture of apple cider vinegar and tamari contributes a balance of tanginess and saltiness, while raisins and carrots add gentle sweetness. The fresh, bright flavor of mint provides the finishing touch. All in all, this is a delightful combination of flavors that deserves a place on your holiday table. And better yet, this salad can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature, so it’s a perfect choice for entertaining. Other than remembering to plan ahead and allow time for soaking the wheat berries, it’s a very simple recipe. Here’s what you do:
- Soak. This is as easy as it sounds, simply soak the wheat berries in plenty of cold water for 8 hours or overnight.
- Cook the wheat berries. Drain them, then put in a pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until wheat berries are tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Drain and cool.
- Combine cooled wheat berries with the rest of the ingredients: apple cider vinegar, reduced-sodium tamari, chestnuts, carrots, raisins (or substitute fresh grapes if you like) and fresh mint.