Wheatberry Salad with grilled chicken


I had a wheatberry salad a while back in a restaurant and I fell in love. Ever since, I’ve wanted to make one at home but the grocery stores that I shop in never seem to carry wheatberries. I finally saw this recipe and decided to hunt them down. It took me the better part of a day and four different stores before I found them. šŸ™‚Ā  I paired it with grilled chicken to round it out.

1 1/2 cups hard wheat berries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/2 cup tart dried cherries, chopped
1 scallion, white and green parts, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot combine the wheat berries and enough water to come 2 inches over the wheat berries. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until tender. Drain and let cool. Toast the walnuts in a medium dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the wheat berries, walnuts, celery, dried cherries, scallions, parsley, olive oil and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

  1. So who had the wheatberries? specialty store or grocery chain?
    I like Ellie K’s recipes. I don’t get to catch her show as often as I’d like to.

  2. It was a small specialty store. Was kind of bummed that Shaw’s, Hannaford and Trader Joe’s didn’t carry them.

    This was good. suitNtie loved it. The chicken didn’t do anything for it, but I bet if I marinated it more in some lemon that it would have helped.

    I will definitely do another wheatberry salad, although I might try a different recipe next time. This, by the way, made a LOT. A mixing bowl full. šŸ™‚
    Pics are coming. My wire to connect my camera has gone missing. I am on the hunt!

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