Chewy, toothsome wheat berries are mixed with exotic flavors for a sweet, spicy, crunchy side dish that will give potato salad a run for its money at your next picnic.
What to buy: Wheat berries can be found at your local health food store, gourmet grocery store, or online. They are the whole kernels of the wheat plant; when crushed, they become cracked wheat, and when ground, they become flour. Soft wheat berries may be labeled as pastry wheat berries—they both cook in less time than traditional wheat berries. Whole, a.k.a. hard, wheat berries are an acceptable substitute; just adjust the cooking time, as it will take a bit longer. Or soak the hard wheat berries for a few hours or overnight to lessen the cooking time.
This recipe was featured as part of our Whole Grain Recipes photo gallery.