Wheatberry Chickpea Salad with Feta and Greek Dressing

A delicious wheatberry chickpea salad with feta and Greek style dressing. This satisfying salad is great as a meal, side dish or for filling pita pockets.

wheat berry salad

Also Try: Falafel Salad Bowl, Kale and Butternut Squash with Farro, How to Cook and Freeze Whole Grains

Whole grain and pulse salads like this are a healthy addition to weekly meal plans and fit with the latest brain health recommendations. By mixing whole grains with pulses you get complete protein and a host of nutrients including fibre, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper,  and magnesium). They also look great with all those colours!

Rather than tossing everything in a bowl, I like to spread the ingredients out on a platter and let everyone make their own salad with the ingredients they like best (easy on the onions and olives for me). The salad dressing goes on the side so the lettuce and tomatoes stay nice and fresh and everyone can use as much as they like. wheat berry salad

A version of this wheatberry salad was featured in a recent article I wrote for the Manitoba Cooperator on eating more wheat, barley and other whole grains. If you’ve never had a grain salad before, the classic Greek salad ingredients and dressing are a great way to start. In the article, it shows this salad without the lettuce making it a perfect side dish, make ahead dish or salad to take on the road.

If you need more info on cooking whole grains or chickpeas read these articles:

Everything You Need to Know About Cooking and Storing Whole Grains

Everything You Need to Know About Chickpeas

Recipe for WheatBerry Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Greek Dressing

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Wheatberry Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Greek Dressing

A delicious whole grain and pulse salad featuring wheatberries and chickpeas for a satisfying, complete protein meal. Topped with a Greek style dressing and your favourite Greek salad ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, oregano, olives and feta.
Prep : 20 mins
Cook : 10 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw wheatberries
  • 4 cups dark leafy greens, roughly chopped
  • ½ long cucumber diced in cubes
  • 2 medium tomatoes diced in cubes
  • ½ cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup cooked/canned chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup large black olives
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice or red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

Prepare Wheatberries

  • Rinse and drain wheatberries. Place in medium saucepan and cover with 1 inch water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 50 minutes or until tender. Drain any remaining water.
  • Rinse under cold water. Drain well and set aside.

Prepare Dressing

  • In small jar with tight fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients. Secure lid and shake well to blend thoroughly.

Assembly

  • Platter Option: Arrange salad ingredients on a large platter for a full, beautiful display of all the ingredients to allow guests to choose their favourites. For example, layer ingredients in circles staring with greens on the bottom followed by the grains, the tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage, chickpeas, olives and feta. Or place each ingredient in a pile or line on platter. Serve the dressing on the side.
  • Tossed Option: In large salad bowl, toss greens, wheatberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas and red cabbage together. Arrange feta, onions and olives on top. Garnish with parsley. Serve the dressing on the side. If you prefer to dress the salad before serving, mix in before arranging feta, onions and olives on top.

Notes

Change the type of grain and veggies to make this salad custom tailored to your personal preferences. 
By serving the dressing on the side, your salad will stay fresh longer and any leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 3 days. Once dressed it should be eaten as the salad greens will not keep well.
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Course: Main Course, Salad

wheat berry salad

A tasty colorful salad that will keep you feeling full for a long time.

What is a Wheatberry?

Wheatberries are raw wheat kernels. That’s right, just regular wheat kernels grown all over the Canadian and US Prairies typically used to make flour and pasta. Wheatberries are considered a whole grain since they retain all of the bran, germ and endosperm, only the the outer husk is missing (more prominent on some varieties than others).

Like other whole grains, wheatberries are high in fibre, low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. A great addition to a healthy diet. Unless, of course, you are gluten intolerant, because yes, wheatberries do contain gluten.

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Wheatberries (wheat kernels) raw and cooked.

More Grain and Pulse Salads

Other whole grain salads to try:

Falafel Salad Bowl with Quinoa and Bulgur

Barley Tabbouleh

Thai Power Bowl with Almond Butter Dressing

Strawberry Spinach & Basil Salad with Buckwheat Noodles (Soba)

Wheatberry Saskatoon Salad

Southwestern Black Bean and Quinoa Salad

Kale, Butternut Squash and Farro Salad

Do you use whole grains in your cooking? Do you have a favorite?

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Let me know if you’re interested in more recipes and info on whole grains. And, next time you’re cooking with some, let me know or share a photo on Instagram and tag @getgettys so I can see it and like it!

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