wheat berry salad with corn and smoked mozzarella

by jenna on August 1, 2011

hey there!

I’m back as your one-stop summer salad source and this time, I bring you my favorite creation so far: a hearty salad filled with dense chewy grains, smoked mozzarella cubes, grape tomatoes and raw sweet corn.

You’re gonna love it.

First, lets talk grains.

Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain? Weird, huh? I like to cook with quinoa a lot because I love it’s chewy texture and the fact that it’s chock full of protein (have you tried this salad yet? if not, you really should).

Wheat berries are fun, too! Now, they actually are grains…not berries! Shocker. The only downside to wheat berries is the fact that you have to soak them in water overnight before you can use them. I always forget that part. They’re superrrrrrrr chewy, which makes them a fun addition to salads.

And yes, my obsession with raw corn is still kickin’. If you didn’t try it last time, don’t miss out this time around. Eating raw corn isn’t as weird as it sounds…in fact, it’s my favorite way to eat it! The kernels are incredibly sweet right now and the sweet crunch pairs so nicely with the chewy grains.

And smoked mozzarella? Awesome. Look for it at Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market or in the specialty cheese section of most large supermarkets. It’s sorta ridiculous and totally “makes” this salad.

Happy August! What were you doing a year ago today?

Wheat Berry Salad with Corn and Smoked Mozzarella

serves 6

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1/2 cup quinoa

1/2 cup wheat berries

2 ears corn, shucked

1/4th of a red onion, minced

2 cups sliced grape tomatoes

1/4 tsp salt

4 oz smoked mozzarella, cubed

2 T extra virgin olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar


Soak the wheat berries in cold water overnight. In the morning, drain, replace with fresh water and simmer for 20 minutes, until tender. Drain and set aside.

Simmer the quinoa in 1.5 cups water for 15 minutes until all the water has been absorbed. Fluff and add to the cooked wheat berries in a large bowl.

Add the corn kernels, red onion, mozzarella cubes and grape tomatoes to the grain mixture and toss well. Then drizzle in the olive oil, vinegar and salt. Mix well.

**salad will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days


30 minutes (not including time to soak wheat berries overnight)


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{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

Corey @ Learning Patience August 1, 2011 at 4:38 am

hmmm…never tried wheat berries – i will have to keep my eye out! happy monday xoxo


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 1, 2011 at 4:46 am

I’m allergic to wheat, so I doubt I can have wheat berries :(

Quinoa it is!


Blog is the New Black August 1, 2011 at 4:55 am

HOW have I not tried wheatberries before?! You may have just changed that… 😉


Analiese August 1, 2011 at 5:02 am

This looks incredible! I’m so glad you featured wheatberries. They’re such an under-appreciated ingredient. My local Whole Foods stocks a Greek-inspired wheatberry salad in the salad bar: wheatberries with diced tomato, red onion, herbs, and feta, dressed in olive oil, salt, and pepper. I’ve eaten it for lunch probably 8 out of the last 10 days.


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 1, 2011 at 5:06 am

Wow! great idea mixing quinoa and wheat berries together. I need to try me some wheat berries…and this salad…STAT :)


Molly @ RDexposed August 1, 2011 at 5:19 am

I haven’t ventured out in the wheatberry world yet! This may push me to plan a trip!


Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) August 1, 2011 at 5:23 am

This looks so good it’s unfair, haha. Wheatberries are such fun, I love how chewy/tender they are.


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

i absolutely adore wheatberry salads…the chew is SO wonderful and it soaks up all of the flavor! i’ve never actually soaked mine overnight though and it still turns out fabulous :)


Liz @ IHeartVegetables August 1, 2011 at 5:33 am

I have yet to try Wheat Berries, but I think I’d like them! This sounds like a delicious summer recipe!


Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 1, 2011 at 5:37 am

Looks super delicious, I bet the different kinds of grains would add some great texture differences! YUM!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 1, 2011 at 5:40 am

I never soak the wheatberries either 😉 just cook them a little longer. Who can remember that the night before?!
I love smoked mozzarella, it reminds me of being a kid growing up at the holidays we’d always have it, along with all the other Italian treats and specialities.


Sarah@The Flying ONION August 1, 2011 at 5:45 am

I went through a phase where I was constantly cooking with wheat berries. There were always some cooked ones sitting in my freezer and uncooked ones abounding in my pantry.

That was a couple YEARS ago. I don’t think I’ve cooked with it since. Sad, but true. Thanks for this recipe! I’m adding it to my grocery list. 😀


Mai August 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

Oooh, I bought wheatberries because I wanted to try them, but hadn’t found a good recipe yet, so they’ve just been sitting in the pantry. I might have to try this recipe!


mom August 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

I love the fact that you can click on “a year ago” and see exactly where you were at last year! You have grown in every way :) Love ~


Cait's Plate August 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

You had me at raw corn and wheat berries. This looks incredible.


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove August 1, 2011 at 5:58 am

I love quinoa. Can’t get enough. We actually have to buy it in bulk from Costco because my fiancee and I eat it so often. I will definitely be trying this salad!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 1, 2011 at 5:59 am

I didn’t know you could eat corn raw. This salad looks great!


Em August 1, 2011 at 6:01 am

Delicious! I love that idea. We have TONS of sweet corn in Minnesota this time of year. :)

I made up a yummy little side dish last night: fresh green beans (boiled for 3 minutes), fresh carrots (boiled for a few minutes, too), and pesto. But I made the pesto with pistachios instead of pine nuts! IT IS SO GOOD! I just mixed up those 3 ingredients.


Keri August 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

I brought some wheat berries home from a trip to San Francisco this spring…..and have sadly left them sitting there, only making one thing with them. This looks fantastic, and the fact that I have corn from the farmers market in the fridge and cherry tomatoes ripening outside right now makes me think this recipe is in the cards this week :)

I never soak wheat berries either, just cook them a bit longer – I don’t know if there is a difference in texture, but since they’re supposed to be chewy I thought they turned out fine!


Jenn from Much to My Delight August 1, 2011 at 6:07 am

I am sold with a capital S on this one. I LOVE smoked mozzarella and paired with tomatoes and fresh corn…what? This sounds delectable!


katie @KatieDid August 1, 2011 at 6:17 am

I still need to jump on this raw corn bandwagon you rave about. Oh and this smoked mozzarella thing too… never tried it but it just sounds so delicious. This salad screams summer in every sense of the word, yum!


Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl August 1, 2011 at 6:19 am

Oh. My. Goodness! I had NO idea that Quinoa was a seed?!?!? Hmmm, I wonder if it is a closet paleo-friendly food. I must do some investigating!

I think tomatoes are the most gorgeous fruit/veggie in the summer! That bright red color is simply captivating!

Jenna, where did you get that bowl? I love its simplicity?!


amy walters, aDESIGNdock August 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

This salad DOES look ridiculous…ridiculously good!!!
It’s a holiday Monday for us here in Canada so last there this time…hmm probably sleeping in?!


Baking N Books August 1, 2011 at 6:44 am

Ditto. Slept in all weekend. Oh well.

As for the recipe – thanks for adding in the cooking/prep. time. Do you estimate based on how long it actually takes you? Or the average person? And I assume the wheat could be subbed out for another grain?


Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy August 1, 2011 at 6:25 am

This salad looks amazing! And a year ago from today I was gearing up to start a new job!


Lauri (Redheadrecipes.com) August 1, 2011 at 6:31 am

LOVE raw corn! I can’t believe how sweet it is. Way better raw than cooked!!

We are going to TJ’s later this week, thanks for the smoked mozzarella recommendation.


Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife August 1, 2011 at 6:59 am

That is such a beautiful salad! I have never tried wheat berries, but it’s definitely on my list. Thanks for another great recipe!


Emilie August 1, 2011 at 7:11 am

This looks so healthy and delicious! I love adding raw onion to recipes to give it a little zing. It’s so great to use in healthy dishes, as is garlic!


Karen August 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

Jenna – FYI, it’s not necessary to soak wheatberries…I cook them regularly and never soak mine. The texture is plenty soft/chewy without the soak. Just rinse well, bring to a boil and then simmer til water absorbed, just like any other grain.


Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 1, 2011 at 7:26 am

Looks great!! A year ago today, I was getting ready to start my new job in Ohio. And now in one week, I’ll be returning to that job (I get summers off … the perks of working for a school system!). :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

This looks beautiful Jenna! I love the dense, chewy, nuttiness of wheatberries and I bet they’re great paired with the lighter quinoa. Bookmarked!


Maria August 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

Great summer salad!


Katrina August 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

This salad is a beauty. Nice recipe!


Julie August 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

This looks delicious. I love wheat berry and I make a salad that is corn, tomato and mozzarella, so why not put them together?! Sounds delectable.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

I LOVE how chewy wheat berries are! This looks like a winner winner salad dinner 😉


Marge August 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

This salad seems brilliant! Do you think the balsamic vinegar is essential? (I dislike it with my tomatoes.)


Girl in the pink August 1, 2011 at 8:27 am


I was searching for an apartment on napa one year ago!


Tammy @ Palm Trees and Manatees August 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

It is stifling hot here in Orlando, and I’m craving salads big time. This one looks great. My husband and I made a lentil salad last night (that I’ll be posting on my blog tomorrow) that totally hit the spot. Thanks for all the yummy ideas, as always!


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Lola August 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

Yum!!! I just tried tabouleh salad for the first time the other day and I loved it; this looks similar so I’m definitely giving it a shot!
Have a nice week (and month!),


Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

Mmm…that looks so good! Raw corn is incredible…definitely my favourite way to eat it too…crunchy, crisp and creamy :-) xyx


Jess August 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

Raw corn is so good during the summer! I am a fan of wheatberries too so I’ll have to try this one as soon as possible.


Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

This looks great! I haven’t tried wheatberries yet, but I’ve been keeping my eye out for a good recipe for them!


DefineDiana August 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

I totally just made some wheat berries last night for my lunch this week. However, I made it more like your quinoa black bean citrus salad, but now I want this one!

I will definitely have to save this one for a future wheat berry endeavor. Thanks for the recipe!


Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

I’ve never tried wheat berries! I always pass them in the store and think about buying them, but never know what to use them in. Next time I’ll pick some up! This would be the perfect salad for a picnic if this NorCal weather wasn’t so terrible lately


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hey, I’ve started putting my grains in ball jars, too!
I’ve never eaten wheat berries before, but I’ve always wanted to try em!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

It looks great, Jenna! I love!! tomatoes and those tomatoes are just calling my name!

The first pic is stunning…so vibrant and crisp and clear!


Joyce @ Jranola Joyce August 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

Okay. totally making this tonight…oh my gosh.
I think I should go to the store now! haha amazing! thanks for this! :)


Kelsey @ aslolife August 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I’ve never tried wheatberries before but this looks amazing!


Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat August 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

There is so much goodness here! Yum smoked mozzarella! Yes please!


Emily @ Comfortable Home Life August 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm

You can never go wrong with any type of smoked cheese. I especially love smoked gouda! This salad sounds delightfully refreshing. I’ve never had wheatberries –I may have to add them to next week’s grocery list!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I’ve never tried wheatberries because their 1 hour cooking time totally turns me off – I didn’t know you have to soak them overnight too! What a pain in the butt. 😛 But this salad looks amazing, so I think I’ll have to try it!


Ally @ A Girl In Her Kitchen August 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Mmmm smoked mozzarella…


Rocky Slaughter August 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

That picture rules.


Jennifer August 2, 2011 at 7:01 am

This looks amazing! I love love love wheatberries. I agree with some of the other posters, I’ve never soaked mine, and I’ve not had a problem with them at all. Thanks for the recipe.


beck August 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

YUM! what an awesome and healthy flavor combo! this looks wonderful.


ed August 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

Great pictures. The raw sweat corn is a good idea, however the problem is knowing if the corn is sweet or not. Have not figured out how to do it just by looking.


Lindsey August 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

I made this salad for a BBQ we hosted over the weekend. It was a totally hit. Love it as left over too. Thanks!


Kristin @ thefreshfind March 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I have been wanting to try to make wheatberries! Where do you buy yours at? This looks delicious, I will have to try the raw corn :)


Adrea August 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

This was the most delicious recipe I’ve made in awhile and I made it for a party – everyone loved it! I made this with spelt berries instead of wheat berries because I couldn’t find wheat berries in my rural-ish area. I also made it with steamed frozen corn and used Trader Joe’s garlic olive oil. I doubled the recipe but only added 3 tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar.


Camille August 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I bet a pressure cooker would allow you to cook the berries and make the salad all in one day. Yeah to “vintage” kitchen appliances.


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