Wholesome and Vibrant: Einkorn Wheat Berry Salad Yum

April 26, 2024 3 min read

In the realm of ancient grains, Einkorn wheat stands out with its rich, nutty flavor and high nutritional value. Recognized as one of the earliest forms of cultivated wheat, Einkorn is cherished not only for its delicious taste but also for being easier to digest and packed with beneficial nutrients. This recipe for an Einkorn wheat berry salad combines the hearty texture of Einkorn with the fresh, vibrant flavors of cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and basil, creating a dish that's as nutritious as it is colorful.


  • 1 cup Einkorn wheat berries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: crumbled feta or goat cheese for topping


  1. Prepare the Wheat Berries: Rinse the Einkorn wheat berries under cold water. Combine them with 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the berries are tender but still chewy. Drain any excess water and let cool.

  2. Cook the Zucchini: While the wheat berries are cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the diced zucchini and sauté until tender and slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  3. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

  4. Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the cooked wheat berries, sautéed zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes, and chopped basil. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine thoroughly.

  5. Final Touches: Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If desired, sprinkle with crumbled feta or goat cheese before serving.

  6. Serve and Enjoy: This salad can be served immediately or chilled in the refrigerator for an hour to allow the flavors to meld together. It makes a perfect side dish or a light main course on a warm day.

Nutritional Benefits:

Einkorn wheat is lower in gluten than modern wheat varieties and is loaded with essential nutrients, including protein, dietary fiber, and various antioxidants. It's particularly rich in lutein, which supports eye health. Combining Einkorn with fresh vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini not only enhances the dish's vitamin content but also contributes valuable antioxidants and fiber, promoting overall health and digestion.

Culinary Tips:

This salad is incredibly versatile. You can add other vegetables like cucumbers or bell peppers, switch up the herbs, or add a protein such as grilled chicken or chickpeas to turn it into a more filling meal. The simplicity of the ingredients allows the flavors of each component to shine, making it a delightful dish that's both satisfying and healthy.

This Einkorn wheat berry salad with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and basil offers a delicious way to enjoy an ancient grain with a medley of fresh summer produce. Its simplicity, combined with the depth of flavor, makes it a perfect choice for health-conscious food lovers.

❤ Try our USDA certified organic Einkorn Wheat Berries or Einkorn Flour

Tesa Smith
Tesa Smith

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