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Wheat Berry Salad With Cauliflower and Raisins

Wheat Berry Salad With Cauliflower and Raisins 4.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

May 31, 2016

This lunch-friendly recipe offers an innovative way to keep frozen cauliflower florets from turning into a mash: Let the hot water and wheat berries defrost and blanch them right in the same colander.

Spring white wheat berries offer a soft, luxurious texture, and that's what we used here; kamut berries have a buttery, sophisticated accent.

Make Ahead: The salad can be refrigerated for several days.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 1 cup raw wheat berries, preferably spring white wheat berries or kamut berries (see headnote)
  • 12 ounces frozen small cauliflower florets (do not defrost)
  • 1/4 cup store-bought green olive tapenade
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted (see NOTE)


Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the wheat berries, then partially cover and reduce the heat to low; cook until tender, about 50 minutes.

Just before the wheat berries are done, place the cauliflower florets in a large colander set in the sink. Drain the wheat berries, pouring them directly over the florets. Let stand for 1 minute, then rinse under cool water to stop further cooking. Drain well.

Whisk together the tapenade, oil, vinegar, sage, cinnamon and black pepper in a large bowl until a little creamy and well blended. Add the wheat berries and cauliflower, as well as the raisins and sunflower seeds. Toss well before serving.

NOTE: Toast the sunflower seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned, stirring or shaking the skillet often to prevent burning. Cool completely.

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From cookbook authors Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 400

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 18g 28%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 180mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates: 55g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 6g 24%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 9g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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