Beet and Wheat Berry Salad

Ingredients

  • golden beets, greens reserved
  • large sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon  plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1 cup  dry wheat berries
  • 2 cups  water
  • cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons  sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon  maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon  Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon  kosher salt
  •   Black pepper, to taste

Here’s a super easy and healthy salad with fresh roasted beets and wheat berries to keep you satisfied. If possible, find beets with the greens intact, usually at farmers markets.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Loosely wrap the beets in foil and place on a baking sheet. Rub the sweet potato with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Coat with the cinnamon and cayenne. Place the sweet potato on the same baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for 45 minutes and remove from the oven. Let the beets cool, then peel and chop them.

Meanwhile, combine the wheat berries with the water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes, until tender.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, and add the beet greens with 1 clove garlic. Cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Combine the beets, sweet potato, wheat berries, greens, and sunflower seeds in a bowl. Combine the syrup, vinegar, mustard, remaining garlic, salt, and pepper in a jar. Shake to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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