Swiss Chard, Wheat Berry, & Pea Salad with Lemon Chia Vinegarette

Swiss Chard, Wheat Berry, & Fresh Pea Salad with Lemon-Chia VinegeretteThis easy-breezy chopped salad is a delicious and effective way of cramming as many ‘super foods’ into your body as possible, while still really enjoying what you’re eating. It’s vegan, hearty and protein-filled enough to stand alone as a meal, it keeps shockingly well, and the vast majority of the ingredients can be sourced locally, even here in Ontario. It’s also full of fibre, low-glycemic index/load, and friendly to pretty much any diet you can throw at me

If you’ve never cooked with wheat berries before, they’re a fantastic ‘healthy carb’ option (read more about what qualifies as a healthy carb here). They’re nutritionally very similar to quinoa, about 1/10th the price, and are grown in the US and Canada, which means none of the very unfortunate ethical issues surrounding the quinoa-craze (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t feel badly, just click here). Unless you’re legitimately diagnosed by a doctor as having Celiac disease, wheat berries are a phenomenal choice, and they play a fantastic role in this great salad. Swiss Chard, Wheat Berry, & Pea Salad with Lemon Chia Vinegarette

Swiss Chard, Wheat Berry, & Pea Salad with Lemon Chia Vinegarette
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For the Salad
  1. 5 cups swiss chard, finely chopped
  2. 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  3. 3/4 cup hard wheat berries, cooked, drained, & cooled
  4. 1 cup fresh peas, cooked, drained, & cooled
  5. 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  6. Salt & pepper, to taste
For the Dressing
  1. 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  3. 1 tsp lemon zest
  4. 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. Pinch of sugar
For the salad
  1. In a large bowl, mix together your chard, cilantro, and wheat berries until the greens coat (or at least cling to) the wheat berries.
  2. Add beans and peas, mix until evenly distributed.
For the dressing
  1. In a small glass, mix all ingredients together until fully incorporated. Pour over salad and toss. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
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This salad is also a great ‘make the night before and take to work for lunch’ option, especially if your mornings are hurried! If you make it once, this salad will be a part of your weekly routine before you know it. 

Swiss Chard, Wheat Berry, & Fresh Pea Salad with Lemon-Chia Vinegerette