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Willy-Nilly Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Recipe for RunnersJust put whatever you want in it! Seriously, it’s not brain surgery. Let your kids pick some of the ingredients and, if you get them to do some slicing and dicing, they are more apt to eat it. I like to make it with wheat berries because they are so danged hearty.

The Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked wheat berries or short grain brown rice or Israeli couscous
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (hazelnuts are good, pecans are heavenly and walnuts will do)
  • 2 medium apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup dried fruit (think combo! golden raisins, currants, cranberries)
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley (or half parsley, half mint)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery (and/or carrot, chopped really tiny)

The Dressing Ingredients

This is where you can really get creative and spice it up how you like it. Honey is nice if it needs more sweetness

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or not)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or a little less)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

How to Make it

If you’re doing wheat berries: Put wheat berries into a large bowl, cover with at least 2 inches of water and soak overnight. Drain. Put 7 cups fresh water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add wheat berries, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 45-50 minutes, or until cooked as you’d like. (They’ll be pretty firm.) Drain and cool.

If you’re doing other grains: Cook brown rice or couscous till tender, cool.

Transfer wheat berries (or other grain/pasta) to a large bowl. Add everything, stir and enjoy. This is great for packed lunches, breakfast or a dinner side.

Did you have an old family favorite waldorf salad recipe that ate when you were a kid? What was in it?

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