So I’m remaking yet another vintage recipe.
Not quite sure what’s gotten in to me lately but I seem to be on an old things kick.
I just want to curl up and watch old movies, read classics and listen to 60s soul. And style my hair in a bouffant.
The classic Waldorf Salad takes it’s name from the NYC hotel where it was invented sometime in the 1890s.
Traditionally, apples, celery and walnuts would be dressed in mayo and served over lettuce. My version is…much less nasty than that. Delicious, even. And super damn healthy.
I’m just kidding about the bouffant by the way.
You wanna talk whole grains, a wheat berry is where. it. is. at. It’s actually the entire wheat kernel – bran, germ and endosperm. The whole kit and caboodle. They have an incredibly satisfying chewy texture.
I’m not sure how widely available they are in supermarkets (can’t find them in mine) but I buy them from Bulk Barn. If you can’t find them, substitute any variety of whole grain in this recipe.
Adding cooked lentils to this salad makes it a meal in itself. A little Yin, a little Yang.
As always, toasting nuts for any recipe will improve their flavour. If you’re in a time crunch though, you can certainly skip this step.
How gorge is that?
How even more gorge is this?!
Serve it up as a side or a light lunch. It would even work as a nice accompaniment to Easter brunch.
Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad
- ¾ cup wheat berries
- 1 cup cooked lentils (brown or green, canned works perfectly)
- 1 cup walnut halves (toasted and chopped)
- 2 cups red seedless grapes (halved)
- 1 granny smith apple (chopped)
- 75g Macedonian or Bulgarian Feta Cheese (Any feta will do though)
- 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons liquid honey
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea or kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
A traditional Waldorf salad also includes celery. Add it if you wish, but this version has plenty of great texture already.
||In a small sauce pan, cover wheat berries with about 1.5 - 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and cool. |
||In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients together. |
||Combine remainder of salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently with dressing until everything is well coated. |
||Crumble feta cheese over individual portions or a large serving platter. |