Berry Delicious: Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries are deliciously chewy and nutty whole wheat kernels that make great salads, breads and sides!  Because they are unprocessed they retain all three parts of the grain, including the germ, bran and endosperm.  This means that the grain has lots of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals like vitamin E, iron, magnesium and lignans.  It’s biggest boast is a healthy dose of  fiber, about 24 grams per cup!  But, each cup also has about 7 grams of protein – not too shabby.  I recently boiled soft wheat berries for about 45 minutes, allowed them to cool and tossed them with:

  • avocados
  • sliced raw green beans
  • steamed chopped beets
  • cucumbers
  • feta cheese
  • dried cranberries
  • olive oil, white wine vinegar and salt & pepper

Have fun experimenting with this yummy, earthy whole grain!

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