Iron Chef look out, you have some competition. Lately I’ve been experimenting with [rye berries](http://www.simply-natural.biz/Rye-Berries.php) in an attempt to add more whole grains to my diet. I love nutty, grainy salads such as tabbuleah and barley so I was curious about rye berries. I’ve been making a Greek-type salad which has won rave reviews from friends but I wanted to do something different so today I tried a sweeter salad. The results were great! I’ll share the salad with you, but please note I made this up so quantities are approximate.
Sweet Rye Berry Salad
4 cups cooked rye berries (1 cup + 4 cup water. Boil for 1 hour or until tender)
1-2 T honey
2-4 T rice wine vinegar
diced dried apricots (around 15 whole)
2-5 T Craisens
2-3 oz. reduced fat blue cheese
2-3 T toasted slivered almonds
Salt/pepper to taste
Rinse rye berries and drain well. Place in large bowl and add ingredients. Taste and tweak to desired flavor. Refrigerate and eat when cool. Yum!
I do the same thing for the Greek salad only using the following ingredients:
2-3 oz. reduced fat feta (I don’t use fat free ’cause it’s gross)
2-3 T chopped roasted red peppers (I use the ones in the jar)
2-3 T chopped Kalamata olives
1- 1 1/2 T [Greek seasoning](http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysgreekseas.html)
Garlic/pepper to taste
Mix well and drizzle with olive oil (just a little for flavor). Can be served cold or hot.