I bet you’re wondering what wheat berries are! Have you ever heard of them before?
First off – Wheat berries are a complete grain that hasn’t gone through any processing. They’re high in fiber and is a good source for many vitamins and minerals. That’s all fine and dandy but, I know you’re wondering what it tastes like. Wheat berries have a chewy texture and a nutty flavor and can be used in salads, soups, as a side dish – it’s delicious and so filling.
I love this salad and it’s a great starting point if you’re just getting acquainted with wheat berries. Next question – where do you find them? I have found them in the grocery aisles near the packaged beans, couscous etc. and it’s often under the name soft wheat.
It’s great to add variety to what you eat and why not try with this salad?
I’d love to hear from you! Have you ever used wheat berries? Have you heard of them?
Please feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comments below:)
Waldorf Wheat Berry Salad
- 2 cups uncooked wheat berries (soft wheat)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 medium apples, cored, diced and skin on!
- 1/3 cup dark raisins, chopped
- 1 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Put 7 cups water into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add wheat berries, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, or until cooked through. The wheat berries will have a chewy texture and are firm. Drain and set aside to let cool.
Put the cooled wheat berries in a large bowl. Add the walnuts, pecans, apples, raisins, and parsley; mix well. In a small bowl add the vinegar, apple juice, salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, olive oil and lemon juice and whisk everything together.
Add the dressing to the salad, mix well and serve at room temperature.