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Wheat Berry Salad with Feta

When flipping through  my new cookbook (new to me I picked it up from a garage sale)Family Circle Annual Recipes 2011.   I came across Wheat Berry Salad.  I knew it would be perfect as a lunch salad.  I love feta and it had crunchy bites of apple and celery, which paired perfectly with the sweet and tangy dried cranberries.  All of these ingredients are some of my favorites.

I just needed to buy some wheat berries.  I know my mom has prepared these but I can’t remember if I had or not.  The directions were clear and it turned out great.  Just prepare yourself by soaking the berries the night before.

Wheat Berry Salad with FetaWheat Berry Salad with Feta:

  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1 gala apples, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries, or golden raisins
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbs olive oil

In a large bowl place wheat berries and cover with water so by at least 2 inches.  Allow to sit at room temperature overnight.

Drain wheat berries and transfer to a  medium sauce pan.  Add 3 1/2  cups water and bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes.  Add a little more water as needed while cooking.

Drain and cool to room temperature, meanwhile combine apples, dried fruit, celery, green onions, and feta in a large bowl.

Whisk together in a small bowl vinegar, honey mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.  While whisking add in oil in a thin stream.

Add wheat berries and dressing to the apple mixture and toss to coat the salad.


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Feta and Tomato Spaghetti Squash

After trying Alfredo Spaghetti Squash I thought of endless toppings and ways to prepare spaghetti squash boats.  It is so simple and much healthier than sitting down to a bowl of pasta.  With endless fresh tomatoes from the garden and a large container of feta cheese a light bulb went off.

Not only was this filling and probably way more than a portion but I was starving.  It is squash how bad can it be for you?

Spaghetti Squash with Feta cheese and Fresh Tomatoes

Feta and Tomato Spaghetti Squash:

  • spaghetti squash, split and cleaned of guts
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • garlic seasoning to taste
  • salt to taste

 

The toppings are per half of squash.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare squash by cutting in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.  Scoop out seeds and place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet covered with water.  Bake until tender, about an hour.

Once squash is cooked, use a fork to gently scrape the squash strand into the center.

Add oil, feta, and tomato and toss to combine.  Serve warm.

Enjoy as a main dish or as a side.

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