Friday, July 5, 2013

FFWD ~ Wheat Berry and Tuna Salad

Wheat Berry and Tuna Salad

I grew up on wheat berries, before they had became avant garde, or a popular health food choice.  They are the unprocessed whole grain of the wheat. The term wheat berry refers to the entire wheat kernel, composed of bran, germ, and endosperm.  My grandmother cooked with them all the time. They are a main stay of Lebanese cuisine. My favorite, is a dish called Ameh.  The wheat berries are cooked in sweetened, anise flavored water.  We would eat it for breakfast or as a snack.  It is also served as a dessert in many homes. This dish could also be flavored with orange blossom water, or cinnamon as well. It’s always been a favorite of mine. I just adore the crunchiness of wheat berries.  My mother always added walnuts to hers.  I think my grandmother would be quite pleased to see how popular her very modest, traditional wheat berry has become.
When I read about this weeks French Fridays recipe, I knew I would love it!  Wheat berries are something I always have in my pantry.  One of my favorite salads using wheat berries, is from Whole Foods. Their Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad is absolutely wonderful.
I was delighted to see this wheat berry salad on our July schedule.  Since yesterday was the Fourth, and I was having a barbecue,  I thought this would be a perfect salad to serve to my guests.

This was delectable…everyone enjoyed it 
I cooked the wheat berries the day before making the salad, by boiling them in salted water.  The wheat berries take awhile to cook.  Mine were done in a little over an hour.  I then drained, rinsed and refrigerated them overnight.  The next day I made the dressing consisting of olive oil, white wine vinegar and dijon mustard (I used red wine vinegar). I then added it to the cooked wheat.  The vegetables and an apple are all diced and mixed into the wheat berries.  Garnish this lovely salad with quartered hard boiled eggs, slices of avocado and cherry tomatoes.  This was a truly delicious salad and everyone enjoyed it, including my husband.  I will definitely be making it again…a keeper for sure!
Happy Friday, everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans book, “Around My French Table or  here at Google Books.


A filling salad that can stand alone
Also wonderful to serve as part of a meal
My lunch today! 

28 comments:

  1. How fun that wheat berries is a food you grew up with. I had never heard of them before this recipe! You salad looks lovely!

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  2. Beautiful! This was my first time eating wheat berries...and I loved them!!!

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  3. The Ameh sounds like just my kind of snack..

    Lovely salad - hope you had a great 4th

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  4. I've never had wheat berries before, but the salad looks absolutely lovely

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  5. Your salad is so pretty and colourful and enticing. I hope you had a lovely time on 4 July.

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  6. I'm sure this was a crowdpleaser at your BBQ. Your salad looks great! I love the flavor of the wheat berries, so nutty. Hope you enjoyed the 4th.

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  7. Wheat berries are one of my favorites for grain salads. This sounds super!

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  8. We enjoyed this one too. Yours looks beautiful!

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  9. Kathy, both you and Lizzy did such a fabulous presentation of this healthy and delicious salad with the wheat berries and tuna. I even have avocado on hand and all the other ingredients, I do want to make it this weekend, and enjoy!
    Lovely presentation, and such a healthy and yummy salad!

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  10. I only discovered wheat berries a few years ago because of a delicious recipe in one of my Italian cookbooks. Since them I have mostly used them in grain salads. I'm interested to try different recipes so thanks for linking one.

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  11. I didn´t know lebanese cuisine used wheat berries a lot. I baked multigrain breads with them a lot at some point. I should incorporate them again! The salad looks fantastic!

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  12. I always enjoy your Lebanese cuisine memories. I must admit that they are healthier memories than mine from the Midwest. Iowans were all about meat and potatoes and bread and butter. (Or, at least that's how it was at my house.) I certainly didn't complain as I was growing up but had to re-evaluate my nutrition choices as an adult. I have never cooked or even heard of wheat berries but now know I can buy them in bulk at Whole Foods (about 15 miles from Aspen). If you keep them on hand, Kathy, I will also. And, I will try Ameh. I am still cooking from Ottolenghi's books and am liking those dishes, spices and flavorings. I also loved everything about this salad - even with Israeli couscous. Next time I'm going for wheat berries and smoked trout. Hope you're enjoying this long holiday week-end.

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  13. Wheat berries are a favorite over here too Kathy. I do wish I would remember more often to prepare them the night before though. It sure would cut on time the next day and I sometimes think it improves their taste, if that's at all possible.

    Your salad looks so good. I'm sure your guests were screaming for more!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  14. I love wheat berry salads. The one I make is a little different than this one, and I'd love to give this recipe a try. What a perfect dish to take to a pot luck meal!

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  15. Kathy, your wheat berry salad is a true showstopper - this was a fabulous recipe, I agree and although I am running very late with comments this week (sorry for that) I wanted to let you know that I really adore the way you presented your healthy and delicious wheat berry salad with all those wonderful veggies and eggs! I already made it twice since last Friday for two school end parties.
    Have a lovely Tuesday!

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  16. Funny you grew up with wheat berries and they are so exotic to us. Coming from an Italian background I just assumed everyone ate artichokes and eels in their tomato sauce.. LOL. Well, you can tell you know how to cook wheat berries your salad looks amazing and I would love your grandmother's recipe too. You should blog it.

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  17. Oh my, this looks so delicious. It's not even 10am and I wish I could have this for lunch right now!

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  18. This is really a perfect summer dish. Your pictures have me drooling.

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  19. Glad this turned out to be a crowdpleaser!

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  20. Yes, please!! It sounds wonderful.

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  21. Your salad looks amazing! Love the colours ;) I've never actually heard of wheat berries before, though that might be partly because I'm not too into health foods haha....but you make them sounds so interesting I want to try now!

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  22. Se ve muy exquisita su ensalada lindo color me encanta,saludos y abrazos.

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  23. Yum, I love wheat berries and your combination of ingredients sounds fabulous!

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  24. Wonderful ingredients - love the combination of wheat berries and tuna!
    Mary x

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  25. I have always wanted to try wheat berries--didn't know anyone grew up eating them! The salad looks great--the avocado would put it over the top for me!

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