This satisfying entree salad is packed with protein-rich wheat berries and filled with crunchy fennel, creamy white beans, tangy feta and toasted almonds.
Whole grain salads are my secret weapon when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Affordable, nutritious and great for making ahead of time, they actually develop more flavor as the days go by.
The truth is, I almost always have a stash of farro, spelt, freekeh or wheat berries in my pantry. To save time, I like to cook a double batch over the weekends to have on hand for when the mood strikes.
Perfect for a make-ahead lunch, backyard BBQ or pool-side potluck, this Wheat Berry Salad with White Beans, Feta and Toasted Almonds is always a crowd-pleaser. Made with creamy white beans, chewy wheat berries and nutty toasted sliced almonds, this salad is hearty enough for a main meal but light enough for a side dish.
What is your favorite make-ahead lunch or potluck dish during the summer months? I’d love more ideas!
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- 1 cup uncooked wheat berries prepared according to package instructions
- 15 ounce can white beans drained and rinsed such as cannellini or Great Northern
- 1 fennel bulb core removed & diced
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta
- 1/4 cup Diamond of California sliced almonds toasted
- 1/4 cup minced scallions
- 1/4 cup minced parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spread sliced almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast until golden brown, 6-7 minutes.
While almonds are toasting, combine cooked wheat berries, white beans, fennel, feta, scallions and parsley in a large bowl.
Drizzle mixture with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss well and check for seasoning, adjust accordingly.
Sprinkle toasted almonds on top and toss once more before serving.
Can be stored in air-tight container for up to 5 days.
Disclosure: I am in a long term partnership with Diamond Nuts as a Culinary Ambassador. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.
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