First of all, Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are reading this outside by the pool with a drink in hand. 🙂
So, the other weekend, the hubster went to an all weekend bachelor party for my future brother-in-law. A bunch of dudes rented a cabin in the woods, drank lots of beer and gin and tonics and who know what else happened. I really don't want to know. I do know that Brian returned with a big bag of leftover limes (I am assuming from the gin and tonics).
So, as any health coach would do, I got creative with this bag of limes and put them to use. One night we had burrito bowls with lots of fresh lime squeezed overtop. I drank loads of water with fresh lime.
I also made this delicious citrus salad. So refreshing on these hot days. This recipe calls for watercress. Water what? Watercress is a rock star leafy green loaded with lots of healthy stuff including calcium, iodine and iron. You can really find it at any grocery store. This recipe also calls for wheat berries. Wheat berries are the ripe fruit of the wheat plant. They are loaded in dietary fiber, folic acid and B vitamins. Try them both. So darn yummy!
Wheat Berry Salad with Lime Dressing
1 cup wheat berries, rinsed
1 bunch watercress, washed and dried, roughly chopped
1 carrot, sliced thin or grated
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1 cup toasted nuts (I used walnuts but you could use pecans)
juice of 2 lemons
2 tsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Unlike a lot grains, wheat berries do not need to be soaked overnight. Word! Rinse and drain the wheat berries and put them in a large saucepan. Fill with fresh water to cover them a few inches. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 75-90 minutes. You want them to be plump and tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
Add watercress to wheat berries along with the carrot and cranberries.
To make dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Just before serving, combine dressing with the wheat berries and gently mix. Garnish with toasted nuts. Enjoy!
What would you do with a leftover bag of limes?
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