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Greek Wheat Berry Salad

Take the flavors of a Greek salad and put it in some wheat berries, any hearty grain will work and enjoy this satisfying salad as a meal or side. Perfect for Summer picnics or bagged lunches.


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 45 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour


6 Servings


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup peperoncini – stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or good-quality dried
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup diced seedless cucumber
  • 3/4 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced


In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water a boil. Add 1 cup wheat berries, cover the saucepan and simmer over low heat until they are tender but still chewy, about 45 minutes. Drain well and let stand until cool.

Meanwhile in a medium bowl, mix the chopped kalamata olives and pepperoncini and feta cheese with the olive oil. in a small bowl whisk lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper, and adjust flavor to taste.

When ready to serve, in a large bowl toss the wheat berries with the cucumber, tomatoes, scallion, red onion and olive/ peperoncini mixture. pour dressing over and toss to coat. enjoy.

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Shavuot 2013) – Subscribe Now.


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




2 Responses to Greek Wheat Berry Salad

  1. Another favorite. I make similar salad; really wonderful to use whole grains. Wheatberries have a nice chewy texture that I love.

  2. avatar says: Aviva

    Great summer dish. The peperoncinis and kalamatas really add to it.

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