Greek Wheat Berry & Chickpea Salad

Touring New York, I can’t inform you the variety of instances I craved only a good hearty salad. We ate properly on our latest journey, nevertheless it at all times goes that just a few meals in and I’m gently reminded by circumstance that I’m not on a ‘foodie-only’ vacation however on a household vacation, one the place I’m sure to roll with what the collective group feels as much as, and guaranteeing all of us get to do and eat what we would like. With 4 of us within the household, and with a span of ages and meals preferences, we’ve got just a few secure zones and restaurant types we frequent when travelling. It means there are occasions when it’s one other pizza joint (woe is me in NYC proper?), or a easy chunk that has to occur now – to carry regular one other blood sugar crash whereas caught in an unknown neighbourhood – as an alternative of what I’d actually love to do, which normally simply includes high quality greens, scrumptious dressing and some grains or beans thrown in for good measure (and good vitamin). I’m certain you’ve all been there too, as such are the thrill of travelling with a household.

Journey or no journey, even right here at residence, it’s robust at instances to seek out my favorite issues to eat, however fortunately that’s altering on a regular basis for the higher! It’s factor.

I’m sharing this salad right here in the present day in parallel with the Journal over at GRAIN, as I needed to introduce you, my readers, to the content material we’ve been creating there. My posts right here had been placed on maintain for some time as I sorted out the rhythm of this new artistic circulate, and I’m glad to be re-inspired, renewed, and lightened in probably the most genuine and significant manner I’ve skilled in years. And I imply that it’s been years!

My lighter tackle meals and the ‘much less is extra’ ethos has fortunately discovered its manner into the remainder of my life, and one stumble onto the correct path led me to a magical place: straight to holistic minimalism the place house to breathe, and non-attachment to materials possessions, is absolutely, actually, the present that retains on giving. As of my return from New York, the home has been purged from high to backside, from nook to nook, bookshelves cleaned and the basement emptied. Stuff has been sorted, donated, gifted. My years of getting ‘child stuff’ – simply in case – are formally over, and the essential stuff put aside to be cherished in future years. I by no means thought-about myself a hoarder or collector, and I do take delight in what I’ve at all times thought-about to be a comparatively easy lifestyle. Little did I do know although, that I used to be harbouring a truckload (actually) of stuff that was hanging over my head, cluttering my house, and prohibiting vitality circulate in my physique, thoughts, spirit, and dwelling. With out realizing it, it was affecting all of us, as our new lighter house appears to have everybody and the whole lot operating delightfully extra effectively.

I’ll be sharing extra because the months go on, however I hope you’ll take pleasure in this excellent, tasty salad within the meantime. Make an enormous batch and hold it readily available for days once you don’t need to prepare dinner. I like seeing an increasing number of complete grain salads and sprouts dishes popping up right here and there. One strive – and also you’ll be hooked too 🙂

Potluck Greek Wheat Berry + Chickpea Salad
Greek Wheat Berry & Chickpea Salad

3 cups cooked Kabuli Chickpeas
1 cup Wheat Berries
1 heaping cup minced purple onion
1 heaping cup chopped English or Persian cucumber
1-2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 chopped purple bell pepper
1 cup Kalamata olives (pitted or complete)
1 heaping cup chopped or crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped recent mint
1/4 cup chopped recent basil
1/4 cup chopped recent parsley


1/3 cup purple wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
3/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp salt, or to style
2 tbsp sugar
freshly floor pepper, to style

First, prepare dinner the wheat berries by combining them with not less than 6 cups of chilly water and a couple of tbsp apple cider vinegar (or different mild vinegar) in a big pot. Convey to a boil and simmer at medium-high warmth with the lid on for 50-60 minutes, till the wheat berries are plump and tender. Drain.

Whereas the wheat berries prepare dinner, put together and mix the entire salad elements in a big mixing bowl – reserving some feta and herbs for garnish. Whisk the dressing elements collectively in a small bowl and put aside. When the wheat berries have cooled sufficient to deal with, add them to the remainder of the elements and pour the dressing over high. Combine properly to completely coat.

Serve potluck type at any gathering. This salad will hold properly within the fridge for as much as per week, and solely will get higher with time.Potluck Greek Wheat Berry + Chickpea Salad