If you’re looking for a great picnic dish or an adult version alternative to sad sandwiches, look no further. This fruity, herby salad is light enough for summer eating but hearty enough to satisfy you. It also tastes great at room temperature and is perfect food on the go.

Wheatberries are the whole, unprocessed wheat kernel. They are an unusual texture: chewy, dense and nutty, and bursting with delicious healthiness. You can buy them from any major supermarket in the dried foods section.

This recipe will serve 4 people, or makes a batch that you can refrigerate for another day. It’s also a great side dish, or as a stuffing in courgettes.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

1 cup wheatberries

1 cup pecans, toasted

2 red peppers, diced

½ cup dried cranberries

1 large apple, chopped

2 cups diced cucumber or celery (or combination of both)

6 spring onions, finely sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs – parsley or mint are good


This dressing is bright and zesty . You can use it for pretty much any salad.

¼  cup olive oil

¼ cup raspberry vinegar

3 tsp honey

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Rinse the wheatberries and add to a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, dry fry the pecans over a medium heat until slightly darkened for 2-3 minutes.  
  3. In a large bowl, combine the wheatberries, pecans, peppers, cucumber or celery, spring onions and herbs. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour over the over  raspberry dressing. 

The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.


craig t.
10 August 2016

craig t.

Try mixing wheatberries with couscous - it's really tasty. Plus, I can recommend the dressing above - very sweet and delicious.

Sarah L.
6 August 2016

Sarah L.

I'd never heard of wheatberries before this! Time for some experimentation with this recipe.

Sasha B.
4 August 2016

Sasha B.

I have never tried wheatberries but have just ordered a bag of ready-made from my Ocado shop to try out, If I like them, I will try this salad too cos I do like to experiment .

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