Tuna, Olive & Wheat Berry Salad



You’ll give your jaws a workout eating this grain!


I like most grains, but had never cooked wheat berries  before ~ it’s a good thing to finally be on the wheat berry bandwagon!

Wheat berries are the entire wheat kernel, containing lots of fiber and nutrients. Prepared, they’re nutty, chewy and robust, working well in hearty salads, stews, cereals and stir-fries.

This is a slightly adapted Cooking Light recipe.  I wasn’t sure if it would win Bill over ~ it only did a smidgen.  



For me, it was a healthy, tasty salad, a little chewy, with a little tang and delicious.  

Next time, I will add dried cherries, some celery, or maybe chopped apples or cherry tomatoes.

Tuna, Olive & Wheat Berry Salad
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomato dressing
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup cooked wheat berries
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
10 olives, sliced
2 (6 ounce) cans albacore tuna, drained

Method:

Whisk first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Stir in remaining ingredients and toss to coat.
Serves 4



ENJOY!



 

Comments

  1. Never heard of wheat berries, bet I would never track them down here. Sounds good though. Have a good week Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! Yes, it might be difficult for you to find there. Have a great week!

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  2. Pam, I don't believe that I've ever eaten anything containing wheat berries. I'll have to give them a try. Except when on a trip or at a party our dietary effort is based on carb reduction and some moderate exercise. Meat, cheese, eggs, veggies and healthy carbs like fruit... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Good for you Dave, with your dietary effort; sounds good! Wheat berries are very nutritious. They're high in protein, fiber and iron, plus unrefined carbs, They're filling, so a little goes a long way. Have a great week and take care.

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  3. This looks like salad that would make a great filling lunch. I think I also would like to throw some dried berries or celery :)

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    1. Thanks, Medeja! It was filling for sure. Glad you liked it!

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  4. I bet this is good..I need wheatberries....

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    1. Thanks, Monique! It's definitely something a little different for lunch that's easy to make, astes good and is filling.

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  5. Good evening Pam......hope your weather is as nice as ours. It's in the 80's here and it truly feels wonderful outside. I have to be honest...I wouldn't even know where to go to shop for wheat berries. I'm guessing that this salad goes along way and is very filling??? You always have great ideas for unique ways of eating....I like that.

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    1. Hi Shug! It's definitely not in the 80's here, but really nice and sunny today and 66 degrees. Whole foods sells the wheat berries and most health food stores do. It is filling for sure. Take care and have a great week!

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  6. Ha! You're right, they do give your jaws a workout! This salad looks like a nice change-up for cold lunches -something i've been looking for lately.

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    1. Amy, yes! :-) It makes for a tasty lunch! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Looks and sounds delicious! I can get wheat berries at my local health foods store, so I will be giving this a try. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    1. Hi Marguerite! Great! It's really good and it makes my kind of lunch with tuna! Thank you for the visit!

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  8. This sounds delicious! I still have wheat berries in the pantry.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Hi Bonnie! Thanks! Now you know what you can do with them! :-)

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  9. Hi Pam,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe...I am not a fan of wheat berries, but the rest of the ingredients look yummy. I think you have to really like them or you don't like them..there really is not that inbetween. But love the idea of putting the olives with the tuna. I hope that you have a wonderful week...
    Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie! You are right on spot and Bill would agree with you 100%! It's definitely a taste you either like or don't. Tuna and olives work though! Take care

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  10. I really enjoy wheat berries! This sounds like a delicious salad and I like your 'next time' additions too.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I will be going for the 'next time' one of these days! Have a great rest of the week!

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  11. My Bill would totally snub it, but I'd definitely eat his share. He and the kids are going up to Green Bay for a Packers' game this weekend, and this is exactly the kind of food I want to eat. I know I have some wheat berries somewhere!

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    1. Hi Liz! It must be a "Bill" thing! My Bill would definitely love the Packer thing, he has gone to Lambeau Field many times,. And to that I say go Bears every time! :-) Hope you find your wheat berries!

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  12. I like the look of this recipe, Pam. Must admit though that I tried wheat berries once and Manservant just didn't want to chew so much! Not sure I can sneak them up on him again, though I would happily eat them!

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    1. Hi Abbe! Ha! It takes a little work to enjoy this dish. I definitely won't be serving them to the man of the house here again.

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  13. I cooked these once and I found them a lot of work and my husband said that next time he would prefer if I made his portion into flour and then into bread. He might like your recipe better than mine. :)

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    1. Funny, Maureen! I totally understand! He didn't like them any more than Bill did. Take care

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  14. i'm pretty squeamish about tuna, but i love the rest of this! wheat berries have been my favorite recent discovery!

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    1. Hi Grace! Our older son feels the same about tuna, so I get that. Glad you like the wheat berries though! Have a good day!

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  15. I've been away on vacation, and missing your recipes. This is a great welcome back! I almost never use wheat berries -- I really need to. This looks superb -- thanks so much.

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  16. Good to see you back, John! The wheat berries are great with tuna. Have a great rest of the week!

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  17. Hi Pam:)
    I'm not usually a huge fan of wheat berries however, the combination of ingredients in this salad has really piqued my curiosity. Thanks for sharing, Pam...

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    1. Hi Louise! I know what you mean. Have a great day!

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  18. Love 'em. Have you tried spelt berries yet? Hydrated with water or chicken stock. How about millet seeds? Millet seeds are my new go to. Hydrated with chicken stock for savoury side or hydrated with water for a cinnamon porrridge.

    Good gosh, berries and seeds make for good eats.

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    1. Hi Ivy! No, I haven't tried either and will have to check them out. It all sounds good. Take care

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    2. So much fun to play. Along with the legs in the oven, I have organic millet seed simmering on the cooker. Millet, I flippin' love.

      Your posts aren't showing in my feed. So later you might see me unjoin and join again. Maybe that will help.

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  19. This is right up my alley Pam. Perfect for a quick and light dinner and leftovers can be taken to work.

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    1. Great, Val! Yes, wish I had known about it for lunch back then. Have a great rest of the week!

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  20. Wonderful post! Have a nice day:)

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  21. This looks so healthy and nutritious! Reminds me of the wheat berries I have in my pantry!

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  22. I need a workout! This sounds so healthy!

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