Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries are tastey and toothsome. They give you something to bite into and chew on for a while. That's a good thing when you are trying to eat less and want something to last. It not only lasts in your mouth but it lasts in your digestive track. Which means it will help you feel full for a longer time. Another good thing when you are trying to eat less.

Wheatberry's star quality doen't end there. One cup of cooked wheatberries will give you over 8 grams of fiber, essential minerals and vitamins. All for the price of 151 calories. How can you go wrong. That's a lot of bang for your calories.

Add in what you like, anything goes. I made this salad kind of simple because it was my first time using wheat berries. Oh and it won't be the last time.

Wheatberry Salad

1 1/2 cups wheatberries
8 cups of water
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped Vidalia or red onion
1/2 cup chopped radish
avocado slices
radish slices

Bring salted water to a boil and add wheat erries. Let cook at a simmer for about 45 minutes. You want the wheat berry to be tender. Drain and set aside.

Stir together the sauce ingredients, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, dijon, s and p and any spices you desire. Stir in the wheatberries. Eat at room temperature or cold.


ellie said...

That looks yummy but are they known by any other name do you know, only i haven't heard of wheatberry's before, are they similar to Quinoa or Ebly?

Thanks for the post.

Mary said...

This looks appetizing. I've never had wheatberries. There's no better time than now.

Lori said...

I am unaware if they are known by another name. I do know that it is not the same thing as quinoa. I have never heard of ebly.... hmmm. Essentially they are the wheat kernel (except the hull).

kat said...

Oh we did a wheat berry salad for a rehearsal dinner & it was a huge success they have such great texture

Mary said...

Lori, please check your email.

Sara said...

I always eye the wheatberry salads at the whole foods food counter. They are delicious, but for some reason I have never made my own. I really need to make a salad like this. It look good.


Grace said...

tasty, toothsome, healthy, and attractive--that's a quadruple threat! very awesome and appealing salad, lori!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I missed this recipe. Just found it now! Wheatberry is an interesting ingredient. I'd love to try it someday when I get my hands on some. :)