FRUITY WHEAT BERRY SALAD WITH RASPBERRY DRESSING
2 cups cooked wheat berries, (approx. 1 cup uncooked) Soak overnight. Rinse in the morning. Cook in slightly salted water until al dente’ (firm to the bite) around 1- 1 1/2 hours.
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup golden toasted almonds
1/4 cup golden toasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 granny smith apples, unpeeled finely chopped
1 cup sprouts (sunflower preferably, alfafa or other kind), coarsely chopped
Mix all ingredients together in no particular order.
For the dressing:
3 tbsp. raspberry jelly (preferably without seeds), I use the one sweetened with juice and not sugar, but either can be used
2 tbsp. orange juice, as naturally squeezed as possible
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup canola oil (or light olive oil)
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
sugar, just enough to sweeten a bit
Mix all ingredients together and pour over salad about 2 hours before serving.
Can eat cold or slightly warmed.
SPIRITUAL INTENTIONS WHILE PREPARING:
Wheat is considered one of the most mineral-dense grains, able to absorb a wider range of minerals from the soil than any other grain in existence. It is also known to be the most nourishing grain for children, because according to Traditional Chinese Medicine as rooted in the kabbalah, it’s considered an ideal food for human growth and development.
It is one of the very few foods attributed to directly calming and focusing the mind. And as one of the 7 blessings of Eretz Yisrael, wheat is characterized extensively in the Torah as a high-quality super food loaded with nutrients for body, mind, and soul.
For forty years Hashem fed and watered B’nai Yisrael with their livestock, throughout their wanderings in the desert, where no food could be grown, and no rain could be expected to fall. In a most extraordinary and miraculous way Hashem showed them day in and day out, that “not by bread alone does man live, but by that which issues from G-d’s mouth (by G-d’s “word”) does man live” (Deut. 8:3).
This was one of the basic lessons which was taught during the forty years of “schooling,” before Ahm Yisrael were ready to settle down on their own land. They had to learn that when they planted their land and reaped their harvests, it was not their sweat and toil that gave them bread, but Hashem’s word. Without Hashem’s blessing, all their toil would be wasted.
Therefore while preparing this tasty and healthy wheat berry dish think about how Hashem provides us with all of our needs. Food is not bought from ‘our money’; but from money given to us through ‘natural’ means. Stir in your blessings while preparing the salad: “Hashem, may whoever eat from this salad be nourished spiritually, emotionally and physically. May it satisfy their appetite and may they be enveloped with wellness and health.”