Summer Vegetable Wheat Berry Salad

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on June 13, 2011

Maybe I’m getting ahead of the game with this salad.  We don’t have local cucumbers yet, or ripe tomatoes in the garden, or even peas yet which should be one of the first things, but I was still craving all the things in this salad.  It was also kind of a clean-out-the-fridge type salad where the last of the bag of peas and the end of a cucumber went into the bowl and was stirred up with the dressing.  In all honesty I didn’t put too much thought into it and so I didn’t expect it to be that great.  I was really surprised, all the different textures and consistencies worked really well together and it turned out to be a great lunch.  I did use parsley from my garden though, so maybe I’m not too far off season with this recipe.

After making a wheat berry salad the last time I’ve always been thinking of new flavor combinations because I really love the idea.  Like I mentioned, this was more of an attempt to clean out my fridge than to make an awesome salad but I do have some more ideas for grainy salads in the future.  I’m hoping they’ll be perfect for hot weather 😉

On the recipe I state that this serves two, but it’s a fairly small serving as if you would be eating something else with it but with the salad as the main dish.  If this is all you’re having you might be able to eat it all if you’re super hungry although I find wheat berries to be very filling.  You can also add a tiny pinch of sugar or a drizzle of honey if your balsamic vinegar isn’t sweet enough, but not too much as you don’t want a sweet salad, just enough to balance the vinegar.

 

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1 Anna June 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Your photography is gorgeous! I really want to try wheatberries, I’ve seen them on blogs but never in the shops..!

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2 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Thank you so much! It took me a while to find some too until I found a local source. Try looking in some health food stores, usually they have them in the bulk section 🙂

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3 carmen @ life blessons June 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

This looks delicious. But do they sell wheat berries in your typical grocery store? I’ve looked for them before without any luck. Thanks for any tips on finding them!

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4 Heidi @ Food Doodles June 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I’ve never been able to find them at my local grocery store but I have found them at a health food store so maybe you’ll be able to find some there.

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5 Stray June 14, 2011 at 1:13 am

Gosh, your recipe sounds PERFECT. I got some wheat berries yesterday and i was thinking of making another salad with them, but yours looks delicious. Besides, here tomatoes and cucumbers are *never* off season. i also happen to have some snap peas so it’s completely perfect!

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6 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

What a great use of wheat berries. This salad will be amazing when tomatoes are at their prime!

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7 Chandra June 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

this looks refreshing and delicious!

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