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Recipe: Wheat Berry, Brussels Sprouts And Cranberry Kale Salad

Kale and Brussels sprouts are packed with detoxifiers and antioxidants, while cranberry is known to help cleanse the body.

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Load up on this rustic salad and help stay healthy as the weather turns cold. Kale and Brussels sprouts are packed with detoxifiers and antioxidants, while cranberry is known to help cleanse the body. Plus, it will stay fresh when stored in the fridge for up to two to three days.

Ingredients

5 ounces chopped kale (about 6 cups packed)
1 pound Brussels sprouts
½ fennel bulb, core removed, finely sliced
1 ½ cups cooked wheat berries*
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Juice and zest from two lemons (use meyer lemons if available)
Juice and zest from one orange
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon pepper

*Farro, barley, or brown rice may be substituted

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Preparation

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Cut the ends off the Brussels sprouts, discard and cut the sprouts into halves. Toss the sprouts with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and ¼ teaspoon, each, salt and pepper.
3. Spread the sprouts on the sheet pan and roast for 30-35 minutes, until the leaves turn golden and they start to soften. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
4. In an extra large bowl, whisk the orange and lemon juice/zest with the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper.
5. Toss the kale with the dressing in the bowl until it’s well coated.
6. Add the fennel, wheat berries, cranberries, and Brussels sprouts to the bowl with the kale. Toss until all of the ingredients are well combined.

Jess Cerra is the owner of Fit Food by Jess, a private chef and catering company in Encinitas, Calif. Jess recently launched Harmony Bar, and all natural gluten-and soy free bar designed to tasted like a soft baked cookie. She is an ex-professional XTERRA triathlete and mountain biker, and current elite amateur road cyclist for the SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI Endurance team. Follow Jess’ recipes on her “Fit Food by Jess” Facebook page, as well as the “Harmony Bar” Facebook page. Also on twitter @fitfoodbyjess and @harmonybars.