I love salad, I really do. There are few things in life that give me as much joy as a bowl of fresh leafy greens, especially after a weekend of eating out or consuming one too many slices of pie. But salad is often perceived as boring when I make it for friends and family; it seems too rote, too predictable.
With this in mind, I set about creating a heftier grain salad featuring an undervalued grain: wheat berries. Wheat berries are simply the whole wheat kernel from which wheat flour is derived. Because they contain the bran, germ, and endosperm of the wheat kernel, they are especially rich in protein, fiber, and B vitamins, the latter of which are important for vegans! Beyond these many health benefits, wheat berries are delicious: chewy, nutty, and slightly sweet.
In this wheat berry salad, I combined the grain with some sweet and salty components, such as olives and raisins, in addition to some chopped vegetables for good measure. If you plan to serve this salad over the holidays, consider swapping the raisins with cranberries or pomegranate for a festive vibe. While I don't plan to stop eating traditional salads anytime soon, this wheat berry mix will certainly be in regular rotation!
Wheat Berry Salad With Chickpeas, Olives & Raisins
1. In a large bowl, mix together wheat berries, carrots, celery, raisins, and green olives.
2. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, mustard, thyme, and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve salad warm or cold.