Just can't seem to shake this wheatberries-in-salads obsession.
Do you have a specific pattern or flow to your grocery shopping? I know for me, I almost always go in with a list, and then buy additional fresh or seasonal produce that might be on special that week. Without a list, I just go buck wild and end up spending waayyyy too much on cheese or vegetables that end up going bad before I get to them. It's a terrible terrible waste and I feel bad about it.
Two weeks ago, red grapes were on sale, so naturally, I snatched up a bag of this nature's candy. The grapes in salad concept is something relatively new to me (but they go great with roasted brussels sprouts!) but given my roasting obsession, I decided to pop these babies in an oven and see what came out. The result was a soft, sweet, tangy, caramelized nugget of goodness that I knew would go great in a salad! Paired with tangy, fresh goat cheese, a balsamic vinaigrette, shaved red onions, and wheatberries for oomph, and I've got a salad that I could eat every. single. day. It's that good.
You will need for the salad (serves 4):
- 1 pound red grapes, washed and dried (or approximately 1 generous handful per person you're serving)
- 4 large handfuls of arugula
- 1/2 cup wheatberries, cooked according to packet instructions
- 1/8 red onion, thinly sliced or shaved on mandoline
- 5 oz. or so goat cheese crumbles. (I usually buy a log and use a fork to crumble it myself)
For the dressing:
- 2 tbsp GOOD balsamic vinegar
- 4-ish tbsp olive oil
- sprinkle of salt
- two turns of a pepper mill
Preheat your oven the 400 degrees f. Wash and dry your red grapes, taking them off the vine. Line a baking sheet aluminum foil or parchment paper and throw your grapes on. Roast them for approximately 40 minutes, but reach into the oven and gently toss them around every 10. They will caramelize and be a bit sticky, so be careful not to rip them too much.
Cook and cool the wheatberries. Very thinly slice some red onion. Whisk the dressing together.
When the grapes are done and cool. Gather your ingredients. The assembly process will go something like this:
- Add arugula and red onions to your dressing.
- Toss and coat. Toss and coat.
- Add grapes and wheatberries.
- Toss and coat.
- Add crumbled goat cheese.
- One last baby toss.
- Plate and serve