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Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels that contain all three parts of the grain, including the germ, bran and starchy endosperm. Only the hull, the inedible outer layer of the grain, has been removed. As a result, wheat berries retain all of the grain’s vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. When you eat wheat berries, you are consuming wheat in its most natural form. They are loaded with fiber, protein and iron. I love their nutty, slightly crunchy texture. It’s great to mix things up and try new things, why not give this meatless salad a try????
Roasted Vegetable Wheat Berry Salad
Adapted from Eating for England
3 bunches of broccoli
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 package sliced mushrooms
1 green squash
1 red onion
1 orange bell pepper
5 cloves of garlic, chopped (less if you think that’s too much, I LOVE garlic)
3 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup wheat berries, rinsed
1 Tablespoon shaved asiago (you can use shaved parmesan if you’d like)
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Chop all the vegetables and place in large bowl. Toss with 3 of the 4 chopped garlic cloves, 2 Tablespoons of grapeseed oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper. Place on a pan with aluminum foil and roast for 20-25 minutes, making sure you turn them at least once.
- While the veggies are roasting, rinse the wheat berries and bring 3 cups of water to boil. Season with salt if desired, add wheat berries. Cook for 1.5 hours or until they are soft and chewy.
- Combine the wheat berries and veggies together, then add shaved cheese. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining 1 Tablespoon of grapeseed oil, remaining chopped garlic clove, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined. Sprinkle over wheat berries and veggies and thoroughly mix. I like to let the salad soak up the dressing for at least an hour. But I understand if you can’t wait to eat it 🙂
Serving Size 1/6 of the salad (makes 6 servings) 6 Weight Watchers Points per serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.1g
Saturated Fat 1.3g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 35.8g
Dietary Fiber 10.0g
*Nutrition information provided by www.caloriecount.com, not 100% guaranteed