Warm Spelt Berry Salad with Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette (Grateful Grazer)
1 cup spelt berries or wheat berries
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp pure maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
1 clove garlic minced
2 tsp grapeseed oil or cooking oil of choice
½ onion diced
1 cup kale chopped
1 apple diced
½ cup walnuts
2 tsp fresh sage finely chopped
1. Add 1 cup spelt berries to 3 cups of boiling water. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 60-80 minutes. (Reduce cooking time to 40-60 minutes if grains soaked overnight.)
2. While spelt berries are cooking, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add cooked spelt berries, kale, apple, and walnuts and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. 4. Toss with vinaigrette and transfer to serving bowl. Enjoy!
I help people adopt a healthy lifestyle that lasts — while bringing more mindfulness, balance, and radiance into their lives. How? I share actionable nutrition tips and healthy plant-based recipes, along with personalized meal plans + nutrition coaching programs. I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with a master’s degree in nutrition. I’m seriously passionate about plant-based whole foods and love helping people that are ready to adopt a healthy habits that stick for life. My recipes and advice have also been featured on Well + Good, Healthy Aperture + One Green Planet. The Grateful Grazer was also named one of the Top 100 Nutrition Blogs by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. When I’m not writing and making messes in the kitchen, I’m usually exploring my new home (Colorado!), indulging in an extra cup of coffee (preferably with homemade nut + seed milk), or cuddling with my dachshund/corgi/shepherd/beagle(?) mix, Neil Young.