Savory Wheat Berry Salad

“This is a recipe I found and slightly tweaked by Barefoot Contessa. There is something so delicious and satisfying about this recipe.  When you make it you’ll think it will be alright.  But when you taste it, its amazingly savory! The sauteed onions, olive oil and balsamic vinegar all play nicely in this dish.”

Savory Wheat Berry SaladIngredients

  • 1 cup hard winter wheatberries
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion (1 onion)
  • 6 tablespoons good olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 scallions, minced, white and green parts
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 small or medium carrots, diced small
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the wheatberries and 3 cups of boiling salted water in a saucepan and cook, uncovered, over low heat for approximately 45 minutes, or until they are soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute the red onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat until translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the remaining 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of olive oil and the balsamic vinegar.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the warm wheatberries, sauteed onions, scallions, red bell pepper, carrot, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. Allow the salad to sit for at least 30 minutes for the wheatberries to absorb the sauce. Season, to taste, and serve at room temperature.

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3 Comments on “Savory Wheat Berry Salad”

  1. November 5, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    This sounds so yummy and light – I’ve never heard of winter wheatberries, but I shall try and find a good place to buy grains.

    • November 5, 2011 at 12:27 am #

      Yes, its a great recipe that is perfect for lunch. I keep it in the fridge for a couple days as a great go-to snack. Winter Wheatberries may fall under the name “Hard Red Winter Wheat”. You can also use soft white wheat berries, Farro or Spelt which are all types of wheat berries and should work nicely. I find them in the health food bulk section of regular grocery stores or in the bulk section of health food stores.


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    […] taste even better the next day when the flavors have melded.  You may also want to try my other Simple Savory Wheat Berry Salad which can be thrown together in just a few minutes once the wheat berries are […]

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