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Cracked Wheat Spinach Salad

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  Olive oil 38 Teaspoon (1/3 Cup Plus 2 Teaspoons)
  Shallots 2 Large, finely chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced
  Cracked wheat 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Mushrooms 1⁄4 Pound
  Pear 1 Large
  Dijon mustard 1 Tablespoon
  White wine vinegar 2 Tablespoon
  Scallions 6 , thinly sliced
  Plum tomatoes/2 medium tomatoes 4 , cut into 3/8 inch dice
  Raisins 3 Tablespoon
  Cashews/Walnuts 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), broken / coarsely chopped
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Spinach 1⁄2 Pound, stemmed and torn into large pieces

1. In a heavy medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Add the shallots and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add the cracked wheat and continue to cook, stirring, until the kernels are covered with oil and the bottom of the pan is dry, about 1 minute. Add the salt and 1 cup of water, stir once and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook until the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork and transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature.
2. Trim and thinly slice the mushrooms. Cut the pear into small dice.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard and vinegar. Slowly beat in the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, whisking until the dressing is blended and creamy. Add the mushrooms, pear, scallions, tomatoes, raisins and nuts; toss to coat with dressing.
4. Add the cooled cracked wheat and toss again. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Arrange the spinach around the edge of the bowl and fill the center with the tossed grain salad.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 669 Calories from Fat 472

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 54 g82.5%

Saturated Fat 7.5 g37.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 185.9 mg7.7%

Total Carbohydrates 46 g15.4%

Dietary Fiber 9 g36.1%

Sugars 14.3 g

Protein 9 g17.9%

Vitamin A 121.4% Vitamin C 50.7%

Calcium 10.4% Iron 24.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Cracked Wheat Spinach Salad Recipe