Springtime Wheatberry Salad

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After an unseasonably warm winter, cherry blossoms that came early, and butterflies fluttering all around, I am ready for spring foods. And although the past few weeks had nights that dipped down into the 40s, spring foods sprang and I couldn’t be happier. So, as an ode to springtime I give you this wheatberry salad.

In full disclosure, I actually planned to make a farro salad, but farro is 3-4 times the price of wheatberry, so guess what? Wheatberry it was! 😀 The next issue was whether to soak them before cooking. In my very limited online research, it seemed that the only real difference was cooking time. My sage advice would be–if you remember to soak, soak, and if you don’t remember, make this salad anyway! 😉

All in all, I couldn’t have been happier. There are various shades of green from the artichoke hearts, asparagus, broccoli, capers, and edamame, and all of the flavors scream spring. Given that wheatberries encompass the entire wheat kernel (except the hull), this salad is packed with fiber and whole grain goodness. Along with the hearty, chewy texture, this salad is sure to keep you full, but not too full to have seconds! 😉

Springtime Wheatberry Salad

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 cup wheatberries–soaked at least 2 hours to overnight

1 cup vegetable broth

2 cups water

6 carrots cut into ribbons with peeler

1 6 oz jar artichoke hearts–drained

1 lb. asparagus–grilled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces

1 cup edamame–shelled

2 crowns broccoli–sliced/shaved

2 tablespoons capers

3 tablespoons olive oil (+ oil for sauteeing asparagus)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard

juice from one orange

salt

pepper

Method:

*Add water, broth, and drained and rinsed wheat berries to large pot with 1 tablespoon olive oil and large pinch of salt. Stir. Heat on high. Bring to boil. Drop down to medium low. Simmer until tender (approximately 30-60 minutes depending on how long you soaked them).

*Prep veggies. Whisk olive oil, balsamic, dijon, salt, pepper, and orange juice. Mix veggies, dressing, and drained warm wheat berries. Let sit at least 1 hour to allow flavors to marry. Serve room temperature. YUM!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. Yum! This looks salad looks delicious! I”ve never cooked wheat berry before but I’ve been meaning to try! The texture always looks so good, and with all those fresh veggies.. perfect meal!

  2. This salad looks gorgeous! I have never had wheat berries, so I am going to have to try this.

  3. I love all the great stuff you have going on here. And I always love to see a new way to use wheatberries. Yum!

  4. Another beautiful photo (photo #1 of the finished dish).

  5. Wheatberries are probably my all-time favorite… yet I have never made them at home! I always load up at the Whole Foods Hot Bar. :) Need to try this out!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Oh Tiff, this salad looks so good! I’ve never had wheatberries before so this will definitely be in my to-try list!
    Have a good weekend, my dear!

  7. Tiffany your insides must love!! You’re such a healthy eater!! Kudos to you!! This salad looks great. I have always wanted to try wheatberries. Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  8. This looks simply delicious – healthy to the boot, filling and great flavours all round 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  9. I have only made salads with farro, but have always wanted to try wheatberry. This looks like a major winner…I love all these yummy ingredients! Have a great weekend, Tiffany :)

  10. This is a beautiful salad. Look at the colors in the top photo, spring, yeah. Aren’t you happy to see fresh aparagus at a reasonal price. Love em. Wonderful!!

  11. Yummy! I love wheatberries and make salads with them all the time. So good and good for you.

  12. Yum! I haven’t used wheatberry before but definitely going to give it a crack!

  13. What a yummy looking salad! I need to get my hands on some wheatberries so I can make this. :)

    Have a great weekend and God bless!

  14. I’ve only heard of wheatberry on food blogs but never tried it before myself. This salad looks very healthy and delicious at the same time. :-)

  15. Great salad! I love wheatberries in salad! Love the colors too! They scream spring. :)

  16. I simply adore salad and cannot be without it. That touch of vinegar and others oozes out the flavours and nice to be nibbled with the veges and greens.

  17. I am a new farro salad convert, so I think I’d love this too. And it looks so fresh with all the veg! Yum.

  18. Looks like a fabulous salad! I have never had wheatberries before, but they look delicious in your salad!

  19. Ooooh! That looks amazing! I’ve never seen wheatberry before. I’ll check the hooty tooty store here to see if they have any :)

    And you’d be so proud of me. I did a ‘veggie’ diet last week. 5 days of greens! And I didn’t even miss the meat!

    BUZZED

  20. What a great way to use wheatberry! A gorgeous spring salad.

  21. Totally healthy and fabulous! I never had wheatberry before, will look for it in our health stores!

  22. This looks awesome! I’ve never seen wheatberries in the grocery store before…where did you find yours?

    • I found them in the bulk section at whole foods. 😀

  23. I adore this salad! So healthy and so many delicous flavors! And the asparagus is grilled, mmmm…I bet that adds some awesome flavor. I am digging our spring time weather and veggies too. Great time of year!

  24. Thank you for the comments everyone! 😀