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Roasted beet and wheat berry salad

Total Time
1 hr 20 min
20 min
1 hr
Wheat berries are a fiber-rich grain with a chewy texture and beautifully complement this colorful salad. They're delicious paired with roasted beets (we used golden and red) and creamy goat cheese; you can use feta if you prefer. We also love the simple vinaigrette, comprised of orange juice, orange marmalade, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and a touch of salt. For added convenience, the beets and wheat berries can both be cooked several days in advance of serving this salad. Simply reheat them and toss with the remaining ingredients when you want to assemble the salad. You can also serve this salad warm, room temperature, or chilled.


Cooking spray

3 spray(s)

Uncooked beets

2 pound(s), red and/or golden, scrubbed

Kosher salt

2½ tsp, divided

Uncooked wheat berries

1 cup(s)

Unsweetened orange juice

2 Tbsp

Orange marmalade

1 Tbsp

Olive oil

1 Tbsp, extra-virgin

Apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp


½ cup(s), chopped, sliced (white and light green parts), or to taste

Fresh parsley

cup(s), flat-leaf, chopped, or to taste

Semisoft goat cheese

cup(s), crumbled

Table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

¼ tsp, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place beets on prepared baking pan; lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle beets with 1/2 teaspoon salt and tightly cover with foil; roast until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow beets to cool slightly; rub with paper towels to remove skin. Dice beets or cut into thick matchsticks; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cover wheat berries with 2 inches of water; stir in 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until wheat berries are tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. Drain; set aside.
  4. While beets and wheat berries cook, in a small bowl, to make vinaigrette, combine orange juice, marmalade, oil, vinegar and remaining teaspoon salt.
  5. Spoon wheat berries into a serving bowl and gently toss with beets, vinaigrette, scallions and parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with goat cheese; serve. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.