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Wheat Berry and Tuna Salad #FrenchFridayswithDorie

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I’ve been dying to use wheat berries in a salad for eons…so imagine my delight when this hearty Wheat Berry and Tuna SaladΒ came up in our July French Fridays with Dorie queue. As per usual, I made only a half batch knowing the hubby wouldn’t want more than a spoonful…if even that. And I had an inkling, I’d rather keep that spoonful to myself. Instead of mixing the tuna in with the wheat berries, I went for more of a composed salad look. Now this certainly isn’t the tuna salad of my childhood…even though I still like tuna mixed with mayo and diced celery…it’s not exactly gourmet fare.

Wheat berries are simply the unprocessed, whole grain form of wheat with loads of fiber and lots of nutrients such as Vitamin E, iron and magnesium. These “kernals” took over an hour of simmering in salted water to soften to the perfect “chew” for a salad. Dressed with a mustard vinaigrette and filled with lovely crunchies like onions, celery, apple and red bell pepper, even the basic version sounded incredibly tempting. A melange of greens was topped with wheat berries then oil packed tuna, avocado and hard boiled eggs…which turned the basic into a spectacular dish. I hope to incorporate these slightly nutty, delightfully textured wheat berries into my menu on a regular basis.

This recipe can be found on page 139 in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

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49 comments on “Wheat Berry and Tuna Salad #FrenchFridayswithDorie”

  1. Wow! Healthy and tasty salad.. I’m a new blogger… Do visit my blog..

  2. Hi Lizzy! I’m back!

    Such healthy and yet delicious salad!

  3. As healthy as they sound, wheat berries don’t exactly sound very appetizing or tasty to me. The tuna however, looks fine.

  4. A very healthy salad indeed! Happy Weekend:@)

  5. Yum, this lovely looking salad sounds perfect after all the heavy eating that’s been happening at our household. I’ve never tried wheat berries but they sound like a great compliment to this salad and I’m loving the huge avocado slices in here πŸ™‚

  6. My goodness – this is FAR too pretty to eat!

  7. That plate is arranged beautifully Liz. I like the idea of a nicoise salad idea more than a mixed mess in a bowl, ja! Have a great day!

  8. Wheat berries do make for a healthy salad. I love their nutty flavor in salad. Lovely clicks and presentation. πŸ™‚

  9. I’m so happy to see a recipe with wheat-berries… I have a bag of it in my pantry and was timid to use it. πŸ™‚ Now I have a great looking excuse to try it out. :0) Hope you and the family had a wonderful 4th!!

  10. I am going to make this – have all the ingredients on hand too! What a healthy and beautiful looking salad. I love wheat berries – no half batch for me – smile!

  11. Oh my!!! What a beautiful and hearty salad. It’s nice and refreshing sometimes to have a salad for dinner.

    I’ve never had wheat berries before…but I know the first thing that captured my attention were those beautiful avocados! πŸ˜€ You really gave a whole new meaning to tuna salad.

    Brava, Lizzy!


  12. I much prefer to have my salads composed vs tossed, so I love your arrangement. So pretty!

  13. I think that I only cooked with wheat berries for the first time a year or so ago and it was for a similar type of recipe. I really do like them, but wish they took a bit less time to cook. I need to figure out if I can find that “almost instant” wheat Dorie mentions around these parts.

  14. Looks beautiful, Lizzy. I love wheatberries. A nice change from other grains. Howard actually enjoyed this one. πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend!

  15. I love your composed salad. I have yet to try wheat berries, but now I’ll look for them on my next shopping trip!

  16. Your salad looks excellent! I am just discovering wheat berries myself and love its chewy texture. This is a lovely plate of salad, one that I would happily finish off with a smile!

  17. Awesome salad to have after a holiday!! Thanks Liz…

  18. I’ve never heard of wheat berries but your salad is beautifully composed and a feast for the eyes.

  19. The built up salad looks so filling and delicious. Wheat berry is so healthy and hearty.

  20. Wheat Berries has become one of my favorite grains. This salad just takes it to a new level.

  21. This is one of my favourite dishes we’ve made in a long while πŸ™‚

  22. Never heard of wheat berries until now. LOL Pretty salad, Lizzy!

  23. I yet have to use wheat berry, and from your description I know that I will like, especially after reading this post, I like chewy texture.
    Have a great weekend Liz πŸ˜€

  24. Your salad looks fabulous Liz – glad you enjoyed it.

  25. Gorgeous salad.
    Wish I had that for dinner tonight! x

  26. Glad you enjoyed this, Liz! It was delicious! Your presentation is lovely!

  27. Look really delicious Lizzy, hugs!

  28. I love wheat berries! When its cooked just right it’s awesome. Chewy and moist!

  29. Hi, Liz! I love how you beautifully arranged the salad in the plate. It also looks quite freshlicious. Have a great weekend!!!!

  30. I saw this on FB and thought how beautifully you had presented this salad. I don’t think I’ve cooked with wheat berries before. I didn’t think this one would be top of the pops in your husband’s list of must-eat dinners! xx

  31. I’ve never bought wheat berries. I’ve heard of them but all I’ve ever bought was wheat to grind for flour. I need to change my ways because this salad is beautiful.

  32. Thank you for the intro to wheat berries, Liz. I’ve seen the item on menus and at the market but never paid much attention. Now I’m intrigued,. Thank you for the tip on getting them softened up for salad crunch texture. Love the combo of sweet Fuji apple and slightly bitter greens and mustard tang, too..Ain’t food play fun?

  33. The salad looks superb and delicious,great combo ingredients πŸ™‚

  34. After overeating this weekend, I am ready for some healthy alternatives and this salad looks like a good place to start. Take Care, BAM

  35. I love all the flavours, Liz, and you have presented a humble salad in a really beautiful way.

  36. Lovely presentation and what a joy to find another healthy and delicious salad option. I hope you had a great holiday.

  37. I’m still here at Lora’s (dog watching)…she has some wheat berries and tuna in her cupboard, and I have all the other ingredients on hand; I do want to make this delicious, colorful and healthy salad. Love the pretty presentation, Lizzy!
    Have a wonderful weekend, my dear friend!

  38. This is my kind of salad on a hot summer day – love the crunch factor in wheatberries.

  39. I love avocado and tomatoes in my salad. This looks so good! Perfect summer salad. πŸ™‚

  40. Wheat berries were not part of my childhood nor even part of my adulthood until recently. Although I used Israeli Couscous this week, I now know that Whole Foods sells these in bulk so I am headed there on Monday. I loved this salad as did you. It’s very pretty as a composed salad. I am looking forward to making it again and throwing in whatever I see in the fridge. I thought the mustard vinaigrette really made it tasty. I squeezed a little lemon over it to bring up the flavor. Lovely post, Liz.

  41. Such a beautiful salad! I’m so intrigued by the wheat berries – I definitely need to try this ASAP!

  42. What a wonderful and healthy salad , Lizzy ! Not your same old , same old tuna salad for sure πŸ˜€

  43. This is a WOW salad,
    tons of flavour, color and texture!
    healty goodness dish…

  44. I’ve never tried wheat berries before but I’d love to give it a go! This salad is so incredibly vibrant – would be perfect for my work lunch tomorrow!

  45. I love this salad! So hearty, healthy and refreshing! I’ve never tried wheat berries and now I’m curious; so I added them to the shopping list πŸ™‚

  46. I love wheat berries and I use them in a few different salads. I can’t get Brian to like them though he’s usually a very good sport about grains. Oh, well.

  47. Liz, 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!

  48. Beautiful presentation! I love the composed look. I should have been smart like you and made half a recipe. I enjoyed this, but was eating it for days.

  49. Lizzy this looks amazing! I will have to make it for lunch! Tasty!

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