cool wheat berry salad

This weekend, I was planning on visiting my grandma and having a nice lunch with her. The first thing that came to mind was some kind of salad – they’re quick and easy to make and eat, travel well, and contain everything you need for a delicious, satisfying lunch in one bowl. Based on what I had around that needed to be used up before I head to Oregon for the NCAA West Regional track meet this week, I came up with this cool, delicious concoction.

Cool Wheat Berry Salad

  • 1/2 c. dry wheat berries
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 5-6 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • ~ 1/4 c. crumbled feta cheese (more or less depending on your preference)
  1. To prepare the wheat berries, place them in a saucepan and cover them with water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes until tender and chewy.
  2. While the wheat berries are cooking, dice the tomatoes, cucumber, and green onion and combine in a large bowl with the chickpeas. Drain and add the wheat berries when they are finished cooking.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Pour over the salad and stir to combine. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Cover and place in the fridge at least 2 hours to chill.
  4. Just before serving, stir in the avocado and feta cheese.

This salad was so cool and refreshing! I can already tell I’ll be enjoying it a lot this summer. The small size of the diced vegetables was close to that of the chickpeas and made it easy to get a little of everything in each bite. And, of course, I just LOVE the chewy texture of wheat berries! You could substitute another grain in place of the wheat berries as well, but I think that they really add a lot to this salad. Look for them in the health market section of your grocery store. If your store has bulk bins, that would also be a good place to look. Bob’s Red Mill is typically a pretty easy brand to find in the grocery store and they sell all kinds of beans, flours, mixes, cereals, and grains – including wheat berries!

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