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Rye Berry Salad with Cranberries & Sausage


Rye berries are a chewy, aromatic whole grain. It matches wonderfully with sweet-tangy cranberries, rich sausage and caramelized squash for a delicious Rye Berry Salad with Cranberries and Sausage.

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  • 1 1/2 cups (10-ounces) rye berries
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 5 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 butternut squash,peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 1/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup ruby port
  • 1 pound loose, uncooked garlic-pork sausage, removed from casings
  • 2 cups packed baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar


Servings 6
Preparation time 45mins
Cooking time 120mins
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Step 1

In a large, dry saucepan, toast the rye berries over moderate heat, stirring, until they start to pop and are lightly toasted, 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

In the same saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add the toasted rye berries and 5 cups of the stock and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over moderate heat until tender, 1 hour and 45 minutes. Drain and spread on a baking sheet to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the squash on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and white pepper. Add the cider, butter, allspice, and the remaining 3/4 cup of stock. Roast for 1 hour, stirring, until the liquid has evaporated and the squash is tender. Discard the allspice. Transfer the squash to a large serving bowl.

In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange juice and port and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the cranberries start to pop, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a bowl. Continue to simmer the liquid until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Cool the syrup to room temperature, then stir in the cranberries.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook over moderately high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until lightly golden and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the sausage, rye berries, cranberries, arugula and tarragon to the bowl with the squash.

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil with the balsamic vinegar; season with salt. Toss the vinaigrette with the salad in the bowl and serve.

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