Italian Summer Wheatberry Salad

As you guys may know, I just recently discovered the wonderful world of wheatberries

And if you’re curious about this whole grain too but not too sure what to do with it, I have a super simple recipe here to introduce you to this deliciously fun n’ healthy ingredient!

Italian Summer Wheatberry Salad

Serves however many you want!

  • wheatberries, soaked & simmered (see below)
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • cucumber, diced
  • green pepper, diced
  • carrot, sliced
  • Italian dressing
  • sea salt, black pepper, dried oregano

Now I didn’t include any measurements because this “recipe” is just a throw-together of anything you might have on hand and want to include.

Leftovers from the farmer’s market that need using?  Perfect solution here! 

The only item you may have to plan a bit with this recipe is the wheatberries, as they require an overnight soak in enough water to cover.  I actually threw them in some H2O on Hurricane Saturday early in the morning & cooked that night.

After about 8-12 hours of soaking they need to be drained, rinsed and added to a pot with enough water to cover thoroughly (about an inch or two above the grains).

Then brought up to a boil, turned down to simmer and covered to cook for an hour to an hour and a half – depending on how fast they get tender.  You’ll want them to be chewy yet still firm on the outside.  Stir them every half hour or so too.

Once the wheatberries are done, drain and let them cool for a few minutes while you chop up all the veggies.  Stir together the veggies, wheatberries, Italian dresing and spices until the salad is just how you like it!

Both Fanantic Mom and Dad couldn’t get enough of these fun wheatberries.  I saved some extra on the side and we used them as a salad topper too!  They have such a fun texture, chewy yet they almost pop! in your mouth, they are really cool me thinks :P

The salad is super refreshing and will keep in the fridge for a few days too, making it a great throw together to have on hand for an easy snack/meal.

And although the wheatberries may seem to take a long time, it’s seriously mindless “cooking” and can be done while you are getting random chores done around the house :)

Or while you are watching 8 straight hours of hurricane coverage… whatevs.

Who said that?

Speaking of Hurricanes, let’s see how Miss Priss spent her Hurricane Saturday amongst other things…

Gotta… get…it…alllllllll

Victory!

Hahaha, that Chobani never stood a chance.  I think in a next life I’d like to come back as a dog… what a life ;)

Happy Tuesday friends!

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years…”

7 Responses to Italian Summer Wheatberry Salad

  1. Great salad!! Love recipes that are easily adjustable based on what you have!! Your dog cracks me up

  2. That looks great! I really need to buy some wheatberries stat!

  3. I’ve never had wheatberries but want to try them now! Thanks :D

  4. This looks refreshing! I finally had wheatberries for the first time a few months ago. I love their texture!

  5. i LOVE wheatberries! but i’ve never soaked mine. i should try that.

  6. I’ve never had wheatberries! But I definitely want to try them. I’m sure I’d like them!

    And I think I’ve done the same thing to a chobani container ;) Hehe I can’t let any go to waste!

  7. we love wheatberries and love throw together recipes, they make weekday cooking easy!!

    miss priss is too cute!

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