Citrus-Scented Fruit & Wheat Salad

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Citrus-Scented Fruit & Wheat Salad

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Published prior to 2008

This delicious cold mixture of cooked cracked wheat and dried fruit is packed with flavor (and fiber!)

3/4 cup (6 ounces) water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (4 3/4 ounces) cracked wheat
1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) diced dried apricots
1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) dried cranberries
2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) sesame seeds
1/2 cup (1 7/8 ounces) grated carrots

1 tablespoon orange zest (above) or a scant 1/8 teaspoon orange oil
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) orange juice
2 tablespoons (7/8 ounce) olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste

1/2 cup (2 ounces) toasted chopped pecans
1/2 cup (2 1/3 ounces) toasted sunflower seeds

Mix the water and salt, and bring to a boil. Add the cracked wheat and boil for 1 minute. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes. Uncover the pan; if the water hasn't been absorbed, bring back to a boil and cook for several minutes, until the mixture is no longer soupy. Stir in the dried fruits, and set aside to cool.

Stir together all of the dressing ingredients. Stir the dressing into the cracked wheat mixture, then add the sesame seeds and grated carrots. Refrigerate for several hours, to allow the flavors to blend. Just before serving, stir in the toasted pecans and sunflower seeds. Yield: eight 1/2-cup servings.


  • star rating 04/16/2010
  • Pat B. from San Jose, CA
  • This is an incredible, tasty, healthy salad. I make it regularly. People always ask for the recipe. Give it a'll love this healthy "salad", especially on a hot summer evening when you are looking for a cool meal.
  • star rating 10/12/2009
  • Ellen Mumma from Ohio
  • I first tried this mainly because it seemed different and because I enjoy dried fruits. I've taken it to several potlucks, always have people asking for the recipe. It's easy, it's different, and it's REALLY good!