Caprese Wheat Berry Salad

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries are so good!  They are a high protein, high iron… totally delicious grain.  Try them in this summer in my Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe.

Hello friends!

I’ve started pursuing new grains.  You guys know I love quinoa and all, (would I be a legit healthy living blogger if I hated quinoa? <— don’t answer that πŸ™‚ ) but I’ve been on the search for something different especially since the Hubs turns his nose up to quinoa.  After doing some research I bought some wheat berries.   If you guys haven’t tried it yet, you must.  It has this rich nutty flavor that is simply amazing.

I’ve been experimenting with some simple wheat berry salad recipes and I finally made up the perfect starter recipe.  My Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe is rich with fresh mozzarella, summer-ripe tomatoes, and basil straight from the garden!

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

Here’s how to make my Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe…

Cooking with wheat berries is pretty easy and it is actually very similar to rice or quinoa.  You boil the water, add the grain, cover and simmer.  It takes a little while to let the wheat berries soften, but all that time is completely hands off kitchen time.  You can be doing something else while they cook.

Wheat berries are high in iron, protein, manganese and can help support heart health.

You can make this salad with any grain like quinoa or farro, but I really love these fun little wheat berries.

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

To complement the wheat berries I add my favorite summertime flavors… crisp cherry tomato, creamy fresh mozzarella and sweet, fragrant basil.  Would it really be summer without these flavors?  I’m not so sure.

I top off my Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe with a nice pinch of sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and a rich balsamic vinegar.  Just enough to give it some flavor, but not enough to overpower the nutty wheat berry.

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

The end result is a vegetarian meal, high in protein and packed with flavor!  And those little wheat berries?  The Hubs loved them!  #victory

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  Happy cooking!

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

This Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe has all the flavors of summer - fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and garden basil!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian, Vegetarian


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1 pint cherry tomato, halved
  • 8 oz pearl mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup high quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon high quality olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • garnish: additional basil and balsamic reduction


  • Cook wheat berries in water or broth according to the package instructions.  If using water or unsalted broth, add a pinch of salt to the water.
  • Once cooked, allow the wheat berries to cool to at least room temperature.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Garnish with more basil and a balsamic reduction if you have it!
  • Serve room temperature or chilled.


You can substitute farro or quinoa for the wheat berry.
Keyword Caprese Wheat Berry Salad, Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe
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Caprese Wheat Berry Salad recipe

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Have you ever tried wheat berry?

By | 2020-05-28T22:24:40-04:00 June 7th, 2018|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|44 Comments


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  3. Andrea on Vacation June 9, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I have never done the wheatberry thing but love quinoa. Soon my garden will have an abundance of cherry tomatoes and basil to put in said quinoa!

  4. Lisa Ballantyne June 7, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Looks fabulous, Julie! You always share the most amazing ideas for healthy eating!

  5. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups June 7, 2018 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Love this idea, looks delicious!

  6. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real June 7, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I’ll have to check out wheat berries. It seems like a good option instead of rice!

  7. [email protected] February 5, 2016 at 7:33 am - Reply

    I’m obsessed with wheat berries, farro, and bulgur wheat salads. I love that idea of throwing caprese into the mix. Your kale wheat berry salad is probably amazing too! I can’t believe I lived so long without these grains in my life! So good!

    • JulieWunder February 6, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      I know! they are so tasty! I’m a big fan πŸ™‚

  8. Jaime July 27, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I’ve never tried wheat berry….and now I’m intrigued! I have tons of tomatoes and basil. I need to try this.

    • JulieWunder July 27, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I really like it! Very hearty and a bit chewy in a good way!

  9. Miz Helen July 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Great Salad, I love the addition of the Wheat Berry. I appreciate you sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Sarah July 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious! I can’t say I’ve ever had wheat berries. I wonder if the taste and texture is close to freekeh.

    • JulieWunder July 20, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      I’ve never had freekeh so I can’t compare!! Haha! We need to do a grain swap πŸ™‚

  11. Chaitali July 20, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I’ve never tried wheat berries before but this sounds like a delicious way to try it out πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder July 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      They are really yummy! I love how hearty and chewy they are!

  12. Tina muir July 20, 2015 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Ooooh yum! I have this coming in a future recipe….well this style food, but this sounds delicious Julie, and looks amazing too! Thanks for linking up!

  13. Jess @hellotofit July 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I’ve never made wheat berries, but I’ve had them in a salad before! Looks tasty πŸ™‚ caprese is so delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jenny @ apples & kale July 16, 2015 at 8:23 am - Reply

    I am definitely making this! I have been making caprese salads at least weekly because my basil plant is going crazy, but this looks a lot more filling and like it could be a meal in itself! Yum!

  15. Ivanna July 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    This looks yummy!

  16. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie July 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Wheat berry just sounds like it would be fun to eat!

  17. I love wheat berries and experimenting with other grains too! This looks delicious!

  18. Nicole @ Fitful Focus July 14, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    This looks so yummy! I can’t eat wheat berries due to my wheat allergy, but maybe I’ll try with amaranth!

    • JulieWunder July 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Ohhh!!! I’ve never tried that! I’ll have to look it up! Great idea.

  19. Annmarie July 14, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Love caprese anything! I’d just have to sub the wheat for quinoa and I’d eat this right up! πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder July 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Would totally work with quinoa, I was just trying to shake it up a bit πŸ™‚

  20. Pragati // Simple Medicine July 14, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Julie, this salad sounds amazing! The flavors are perfect for summer. Fresh basil is my go to for summer salads and pastas. YUM!

    • JulieWunder July 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Thank you!!! I use so much fresh basil in the summer too!

  21. Jamie July 14, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I’ve never tried wheat berry – this sounds excellent though! Especially since it’s such a great addition to a vegetarian diet πŸ™‚

  22. Farrah July 14, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I tried a wheat berry salad a couple years back and wasn’t the biggest fan of it, buttttt I think I’d love this version! (Caprese anything is a winner in my book!) <3!!!

    • JulieWunder July 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Can’t go wrong with Caprese! I think you would like it!

  23. I love wheat berries! Can’t beat the tom/mozz combo right?!

    • JulieWunder July 14, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Nope! As you can tell, I’ll put it in almost anything!

  24. Susie @ SuzLyfe July 14, 2015 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Love the you went with wheat berries! I feel like they are a nice compromise between couscous and quinoa

  25. Blane Sherer July 14, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    You often show excellent variety options with your recipes. I have never tried wheat berry.

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