Wheatberry and White Bean Salad

Have you ever had wheatberries?

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They’re deliciously chewy, hearty, and make amazing grain salads. You never have to worry about losing the grains in a dish when using wheatberries.

While I was cooking dinner Monday night, I decided to throw together a wheatberry salad to have as my lunches this week. It’s so much easier if I try to do lots of cooking at once, rather than spending hours and hours on a weeknight. While my meatloaves cooked in the oven, I had this dish going on the stovetop – no extra kitchen time for me!

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Wheatberry and White Bean Salad

  • 1.5 cups dry wheatberries
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups of water or your choice of broth
  • salt, pepper
  • parsley
  • 1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  1. Heat a bit of oil in a large skillet or pot and add carrot, onion, and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes or until the veggies are softened and fragrant.
  2. Add in wheatberries. Stir in with veggies and let “toast” in the pan for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour in water or broth, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Once the wheatberries are the texture you want, take off the heat and stir in the beans and parsley.

The best part about grain salads is you can add whatever you want! I’ve made Mexican-flavored salads, Italian, Mediterranean, and just completely random ones so I could use up extra veggies + herbs.

Plus, grain salads are perfect for lunches on the go. They’re great hot, cold, and at room temperature.

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Today, I put my wheatberry salad over a pile of baby spinach for a bit more green in my lunch.

And…I’ll be finishing lunch with another yogurt/flax/cinnamon/pecan meal/fruit bowl :)

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What are your favorite way to use wheatberries?

I love making savory salads with them, but they’re also great as a hot breakfast or added to yogurt for some texture. I like making a mixed grain hot cereal with steel cut oats, bulgur, and wheatberries – you can flavor it just like you would normal oatmeal, but it has a great (and very different) texture.

 

21 comments

  1. I like adding them to my WHole Foods Salads.

    But they are part of my 10 grain mix for hot cereal sometimes.

  2. ive never tried wheatberries..
    love white beans tho! <3

  3. I love them savory as well, especially topping a salad. White beans too..sounds great! I should try wheatberries in the a.m. too.

  4. Trader Joes makes a great wheatberry salad, but it is way cheaper to make your own!

  5. I love wheatberries! I’ve had a really good wheatberry salad that included cranberries, apples, and a honey-oilive oil dressing. Your salad looks awesome!

  6. I always get wheatberries when I go to the Whole Foods salad bar, but I’ve never tried using them at home. This salad sounds great!

  7. I’ve only had wheatberries at Whole Foods, but never cooked them myself. That looks great!

  8. I have the same weekend prep strategies. I will admit I haven’t really used them in any crazy ways thus far. Mostly straight up in place of rice.

  9. This looks really good – and ironic, I just picked up some wheatberries today! I’ve never had them before but am eager to try. This looks like a great recipe, and pretty quick, too!

  10. I have never had wheatberries, but they seem like a great addition to lots of things!

  11. No, I have not. But now, I would like to. ;)

  12. wheatberries are pretty good…i prefer them savory, as opposed to in sweet stuff like oats, which is how i first tried them.

  13. Oh I LOVE wheatberries! My favorite way to eat them is on top of some whipped banana oats..yum!

  14. I adore wheatberries! So chewy, with definite umph! I’ve made a risotto with it…I called it misotto (miso-risotto) haha!

  15. Oh yum! This looks delicious!

  16. I have never had wheat berries but I cannot wait to try them! I love hot/cold/room temp. grains. The salad that you made with them looks particularly wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing, Miss. :)

  17. I’ve never had wheatberries, but they sound and look delicious!

  18. Looks utterly delicious! I’ve been meaning to try wheatberries (along with about a million other grains) – I love a grain salad!!

  19. love warm wheatberries on salads!

  20. I’ve been meaning to try the wheatberries–this recipe looks like a good one to start!

  21. My cousin recently asked it I had a good recipe for wheatberries… I do now! I’ll send her your direction.

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