Sour Cherry, Burrata & Wheatberry Salad

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This quick and easy sour cherry, burrata & wheatberry salad is the perfect side dish for any Labor Day get together!

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I’ve been at my parents house for 5 days and I’ve already binged one show on Netflix and am halfway through another. This is what happens when you’re on the road for 6 weeks and don’t have access to television and your WiFi reliability is drug lord sketchy, at best. I’ve also made 16,750 recipes, worked out incessantly and got heaps of new assignments, but we’re here to talk Netflix. Has anyone watched Friends from College? It’s got Key from Key and Peele, as well as Robin from How I Met Your Mother (I’m sure they have real names, I’m just too lazy to Google them). It’s the perfect mix of funny & serious and touches on some really hard stuff without being overly sappy. I watched it in a DAY and I’m tempted to go back and watch it again. When I’m done with 13 Reasons Why, that is.

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I know, I’m totally late to the game on that one, but HOLYCRAPICANTSTOP. To me, it’s the TV equivalent of a really good book that you absolutely can’t put down. I not only love how they’ve structured the show, I think Netflix did such a good job with the character development. I know there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding the series, but I think it’s groundbreaking. Bullying – especially online – is a serious, serious issue these days and I think the show approached the topic in a way that’s respectful while still pushing the buttons a little. Before I got into that show, I watched a few minutes of Ozark with Jason Bateman and I was not impressed. It feels too much like Bloodline, and we all know that show is gold and nothing will ever compare to it. I also binged the crap out of Master of None before I left on my adventure abroad and I have just one question. Is anyone else madly in love with Aziz Ansari? Or is just me? I find him absolutely adorable, not to mention an absolute genius. His depictions of dating now are spot on. Trust me, I’m single and it’s about as depressing and harrowing as the show portrays.

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With that transition, let’s talk single life for a second. Any of my readers single? LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TERRIBLE ONLINE DATING IS FOR A SECOND. The past few boyfriends I’ve had, I met in real life. And the stories are so cute you’d probably cry if you heard them. However, as you can tell by the fact I’m still single, they didn’t work out. And, as a girl who travels more than she does anything else, meeting desirable matches is quite difficult. Sure, I meet heaps of great guys on my adventures, but most of the time they live on the other side of the world and don’t find distance as charming as I do. But, that’s life. So, if any of you have any tricks for online dating that make it far less despondant, please shoot me an email. Or, if you have a success story from an online date, send me that too.

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I need some good news, y’all. This world is full of too much bad. Beyond that, y’all should make this salad. The sour cherries balance the richness of the burrata, and the wheatberries fill you up without filling you out. I ate heaps of this salad after my workout yesterday and was stuffed for 6 hours, which is something that never happens after my workouts. In addition to being a healthy lunch, it’s a great side dish for Labor Day picnics! Which is, like, tomorrow but I’m not ready to talk about how fast the summer is flying by.

Sour Cherry, Burrata & Wheatberry Salad

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Serves about 4 – 5. Dressing recipe slightly adapted from Epicurious.
Prep time: 6 – 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients: 

For the salad:

  • 1 cup hard wheatberries, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 ounces burrata cheese
  • 8 ounces sour (or regular) cherries, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh basil

Directions: 

  1. In a saucepan, mix the wheatberries, water and dash of salt together. Bring to a rapid boil then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for an hour, stopping to fluff and stir the berries every 20 or so minutes. Let cool.
  2. Once cooled, mix the wheatberries with the cherries, burrata and walnuts (carefully to not bleed the cherries).
  3. In another bowl, whisk the lemon zest, lemon juice, honey and dijon mustard together. Using a whisk, add the olive oil one tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition. Mix in the chopped basil and salt and pepper. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

Nutritional information per serving: 

Calories: 343.6
Fat: 20.4 grams
Carbohydrates: 32 grams
Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 12.8 grams

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