Wheat Berry Vegetable Salad with Toasted Sesame Dressing

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 8 servings

Wheat berries and vegetables are an unbeatable combination in this springtime salad.

- Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn


1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 green onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 cup wheat berries (farro), rinsed
6 cups water, lightly salted
1 tablespoon canola oil
8 kale leaves, rinsed, stems removed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced diagonally
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 pound sugar snap peas, strung and cut diagonally into thirds


  1. To prepare dressing, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil. When hot, add garlic and mustard seeds. Saute about 2 minutes. Do not brown.
  2. Place cider vinegar, sugar, salt, green onion and garlic mixture in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse together, then process, drizzling in 1/3 cup canola oil through the food chute. Drizzle in sesame oil through chute and process until dressing emulsifies.
  3. To prepare salad, add wheat berries to a pot of boiling salted water and cook about 25 minutes. Drain well.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add kale; sauté until wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. Add salt and red pepper flakes. Add carrots, and continue to cook another 5 to 7 minutes. Add yellow bell pepper and sugar snap peas. Cook until kale is tender and other vegetables are tender-crisp, another 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Combine vegetables, wheat berries and dressing. Toss well.

Recipe by Nancy Vienneau.



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