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Radicchio and Wheatberry Salad

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This radicchio and wheatberry salad will be your new summertime favorite! It has great chew, plenty of crunch from pecans, and a flavorful maple olive oil dressing to pull it al together. 

radicchio and wheatberry salad on a plate with dish of pecans and a glass of wine

I love my salads in the summer and this one is equal parts beautiful, nutritious and delicious! Radicchio adds such a unique flavor (and a vibrant purple color). Its bitterness is balanced out with sweet crunchy apples and a maple dressing. And of course no salad is complete without crumbly cheese, so here you’ll find bleu which adds a rich bite to every bite!

Here’s everything you need to make it:

Wheatberry Salad Ingredients

Two of the ingredients are stand-outs and a little bit less common than the others: wheatberries and radicchio!

Wheatberries

For whole grains and chew, aka “wheat berries.” You might also see them as “hard red winter wheat” in stores. If you can’t find them, you can use farro instead – it’s very similar! 

Radicchio

Radicchio gets chopped and browned in a skillet.

Baby spinach

Or your favorite leafy green (like thinly shredded kale or arugula)

Apples

For something sweet!

Pecans

For crunch and heart-healthy fats

Bleu cheese

For richness and flavor. You can sub in any crumbly cheese you like in its place. 

Herb-infused olive oil + maple syrup

ingredients for radicchio and wheatberry salad

All About Wheatberries

Wheatberry Nutrition

Wheatberries are whole wheat kernels that still have the bran and germ intact, but the (inedible) husk is removed. It’s basically wheat in its most unrefined form. Because of this, wheatberries are rich in nutrients such as fiber, iron and vitamin E. The berries are slightly nutty, have a chewy texture and are most often used in salads, soups and breakfast bowls. 

Where do you find them?

Find them near the other whole grains in the grocery store, or in the bulk bins at natural food stores. We used to have giant bags of them at Great Harvest that we would grind into our fresh flour for bread! I could take a cup home whenever I needed. Of course you can always order online too! Bob’s Red Mill is one mainstream brand that sells wheatberries. 

What’s the best way to cook wheatberries?

Similar to other whole grains, you can simmer wheatberries on the stove, or use a slow cooker or an instant pot to cook them. Some people prefer to soak them first to cut down on actual cooking time but it’s not required. 

What are some good substitutions?

Farro is a great substitute and is often easier to find. You could also substitute barley. Both have a similar “chew” and are about the same size and shape.

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