Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cherry Cheesecake Wheat Salad


This is a favorite sweet salad at our place. We often treat it as a side dish, sometimes as a dip (may I recommend enjoying it with pretzels? oh my...) and occasionally as dessert. Such a versatile and sweet thing it is! {smile}

It is a combination of the well-known cherry fluff salad and another sweet salad that my family enjoys... a wheat salad recipe that uses pudding mix and crushed pineapple. I was inspired to tweak those recipes a bit and combine them into what has become a real favorite in our family.

Cherry Cheesecake Wheat Salad.

I love to come up with ways to use the wheat berries I purchase in bulk. Most of my wheat berries go through my grain grinder and become the flour I use to bake our bread... but they are also quite tasty when cooked up and used in soups and casseroles and all kinds of things... including desserts!


We always have this salad more often during the holidays. But it is just as delicious as part of a summer picnic! Actually, you really don't need a reason to make it other than... YUM!

Here is the recipe for you...

Cherry Cheesecake Wheat Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup wheat berries (about 1 cup when cooked)8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
21 oz can cherry pie filling
8 oz container of whipped topping (or equivalent amount of whipped cream)

Method:

First, cook the wheat berries. Place them into a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about an hour, or until the wheat berries are tender. Stir occasionally during simmering time and add a bit more water if necessary... the berries should remain covered by the water as they cook. Once the wheat berries are tender, carefully pour them into a colander and rinse them with cool water. Drain thoroughly and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. I prefer using an electric hand mixer for this, but if you can manage it with a wooden spoon... wow! {smile}

To the cream cheese mixture in the bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk and the cherry pie filling. Mix well, using a spoon or spatula. Add the cooked wheat berries and mix gently, so they hold their shape. Finally, fold in the whipped topping.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours before serving.


That is it... super simple and extremely delicious, we think. I do hope you agree!

Enjoy!