Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Greens

Spring has sprung and I couldn't be more excited to welcome it! The lawn mower is tuned and the vegetable garden has been planted. My allergies are terrible, but that hasn't stopped me from getting out and enjoying the warm weather. Morning walks and afternoon runs have motivated me to get out of my winter (read: heavy) eating rut. So, I took my larger-than-I'd-like-it-to-be fanny to the farmer's market, Trader Joe's, and my local grocer to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies and started experimenting in the kitchen. Well, that is, if you believe salads count as experimentation.

Spinach, Beets, & Wheat Berry Salad
2 1/2 C chicken broth
1 C wheat berries
2 C baby spinach
4 small beets, sliced
1/4 C walnut pieces
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 C blue cheese crumbles
Vinaigrette dressing to taste

Bring chicken broth to a boil and add wheat berries, simmer for 50 minutes. Drain wheat berries and put in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients to wheat berries. Toss with vinaigrette.

1/4 C white wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp minced shallot
1/3 C EVOO
Lemon juice from 1/4 of a small lemon
Fresh ground salt and pepper