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Orange, Pear & Date Salad w/ Orange Raspberry Vinaigrette

From: Fine Cooking
Serves: 4

The Vinaigrette
3            Oranges (about 9 oz ea)
2 Tbsp    White Wine Vinegar
½ tsp      Dried Rosemary
½ tsp      Dried Thyme
¼ C         Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper (to taste)
 

The Salad
10 oz     Baby Romaine
1             Pear, quartered, cored & sliced thin
4            Medjool dates, pitted & chopped
⅓ C        Red Onion, thinly sliced
4 oz       Fresh Mozzarella, in 1” pieces (opt)
2 Tbsp    Toasted Pine Nuts

Remove 1½ tsp of zest from one of the oranges; juice it to yield ¼ cup of juice. In a small bowl, whisk the juice, zest, vinegar, rosemary and thyme. Continue whisking as you slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Peel the remaining two oranges and slice crosswise no more than ¼” thick; removing and discarding any seeds. Pile the chopped lettuce in the center of a platter or divide among serving plates. Top with the orange slices, pear, dates, onion and mozzarella, if using, then sprinkle with pine nuts and salt & pepper to taste. Whisk the vinaigrette, spoon some over the salad and pass the rest at the table.

Wheat Berry Salad

From: Taste of Home
Serves: 6

1½ C       Wheat berries
2             Celery ribs, finely chopped
½ C        Dried cherries, chopped
½ C        Chopped walnuts, toasted*
1 Tbsp    Dried Parsley
1             Green onion, chopped
 

3 Tbsp   Olive oil
2 Tbsp   Lemon juice
¼ tsp    Salt
¼ tsp    Pepper
Mixed salad greens (optional)

Place wheat berries in a saucepan; add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, about 1 hour or until tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Cool completely.

Add the next 5 ingredients to wheat berries. In a small bowl, whisk oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until blended; add to salad and toss to coat. If desired, serve over mixed greens.


*to toast walnuts: bake in a shallow pan in a 350˚ oven for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.