Wheatberry for the win

I’ve heard so much about wheatberries, but I didn’t have the chance to try them until last week. I made the most delicious grain salad that kept for days, was easy to make, and was totally satisfying. The recipe was recommended to me from my good friend Nicole, and I tweaked it just a bit. I’m thrilled she introduced me to it!

The best part about the salad is that it’s so easily customizable. We had a mediterranean version, with pita, hummus and babaghanoush on the side. But you could easily change the mix ins to suit your tastes. I know one thing for sure: this salad is coming with us on the plane when we travel in two weeks .

Mediterranean Wheatberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked wheatberries
  • 1 cup packed arugula leaves
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
  • 2 cups chickpeas, fresh or 15 oz can
  • 5 grilled and marinated artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • Feta, optional
  • Kalamata olives, optional

Method

Cook barley according to package directions, omitting salt. Soak sundried tomatoes in warm water until soft. Combine wheatberries, arugula, bell pepper, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and chickpeas in a large bowl.

Combine lemon juice, oil, salt, and crushed red pepper, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over barley mixture, and toss. Sprinkle with pistachios. Top with feta and kalamata olives, if desired.

Serve with warm pita and hummus.

This salad keeps for days – but you might want to freshen the arugula as it starts to wilt. Make this! You won’t be disappointed!

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