This Golden Raisin Wheat Berry Arugula Salad is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy with a delightful blend of textures, but the real star is the sesame honey dressing.
“But wait, what are you going to do with out Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s?” It was one of the first questions a former co-worker asked me when she heard I was moving to Nantucket (an island 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, MA.) It was a fair question. One I kind of avoided thinking about once I had made my decision.
Nantucket, only 14 miles long, has just two grocery stores, both Stop & Shops. In fact, Stop & Shop and Cumberland Farms are the only 2 chains on the island. Having grown up here I’m plenty used to that. In fact, it’s one of the things that makes this place so special buuuuut no lie, I loved having a Wegmans in college and a Whole Food’s and Trader Joe’s nearby while I lived in New York, New Jersey and Boston.
Oh TJ’s, I miss you already. Next to breakfast and coffee, and listening to Drake while I do BBG, shopping at you was one of my favorite rituals. Your free samples, friendly employees and plethora of new trendy items always kept me coming back for more. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, so I guess our relationship will only blossom once I return to the main land. I’m already afraid my FOMO for your almond butter will overtake me, but that was a risk I had to take. I’ll miss you out here, but luckily your pantry stables are a plenty in our storage room so I’ll never be without my roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds.
This salad was inspired by one of my favorites from Trader Joe’s. The arugula, wheat berry, goat cheese, golden raisin combo is obviously a favorite, but with sesame honey dressing? Oh hellz yeah. In fact, the dressing totally steals the show and that’s a-okay with me. This salad got a huge thumbs up from my step-dad who is definitely a meat and potatoes guy so if that doesn’t sell you I don’t know what will.
- 5 Cups of Arugula
- ¾ Cups of Pecans
- 3 oz of Goat Cheese
- ¾ Cups of Golden Raisins
- 1 Cup of Wheat Berries Cooked
- Lemon Tahini Dressing
- ⅓ cup of Tahini (sesame paste)
- ⅓ cup of Lemon Juice
- ¼ cup of Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoons of Honey
- To cook wheat berries fill a sauce pan with water and bring to a boil
- Add wheat berries and cook for 50 minutes then strain
- To assemble salad, in a large bowl mix together arugula, goat cheese, pecans, golden raisins and wheat berries
- Add desired amount of honey sesame dressing
- Where do you like to grocery shop?
- What’s your go-to salad dressing?