Wheat Berries & Wheat Berry Salad

I’ve been on a bit of a wheat berry kick lately and thought I’d share it with you. For those of you who don’t know what wheat berries are, read on.  For those of you who do, read on anyway!

A wheat berry is a kernel of wheat with only the hull removed.  It includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm. They resemble barley and other whole grains and are quite nutritious.  When wheat berries are ground, they turn into whole wheat flour.

High in protein and fiber, wheat berries are delicious and healthy additions to salads, soups, and side dishes. When cooked in simmering water until somewhat soft, they hold their shape and add a bit of crunch to both sweet and savory recipes.

For a good nutritional explanation of wheat berries, visit Jillian Michaels’ site.

Take a look at what wheat berries look like raw:

Raw Wheatberries

Today, I used wheat berries to make a salad.  I cooked 1 cup raw wheat berries according to the package instructions and then added:

  • 1 granny smith apple, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 3 oz. grana padano cheese, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. salted sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. Gazebo Room Greek Salad Dressing
  • 2 oranges, segmented and juice squeezed over salad
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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The results were terrific!  The salad made a yummy breakfast, which may sound strange to some of you.  I’m not really a “sweet for breakfast” kind of girl, so I’m always looking for savory and healthful options for breakfast.  This salad provided not only fruits and veggies, but also protein and healthy carbs.

If you haven’t tried them, consider giving wheat berries a chance.  Maybe you won’t want them for breakfast; but I’ll bet if you try them you will want to include them into your weekly meal plans.