Spelt Berry Salad : The Perfect Side To Any Meal

Are you tired of the same old boring side dishes at dinner time? A person can only eat so much rice and potatoes! If you’re looking for a fun, new side dish that’s not only tasty but packed full of nutrients, you’ll definitely want to try Spelt Berry Salad.

Spelt Berries are an often overlooked grain with so many nutritional benefits. Packed full of protein and fiber, their rich, nutty flavor adds a great textured element to any dish they are included in. Spelt Berry Salad can be served cold or warm, and makes the perfect side to everything from a hot chicken dinner to a cold cut sandwich at lunch time. 


  • 1 cup of whole, uncooked spelt berries
  • 1/2 cup of diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of diced carrots
  • 2 T of chopped chives
  • 1/8 cup of finely diced red onions
  • 5 T of lemon juice
  • 4 T of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • Ritz crackers and soft goat cheese (optional)

How To:

  1. If you have adequate prep time, soak the spelt berries in a pot overnight, and then boil for 30-40 minutes to cook them thoroughly. If you don’t have enough time to soak them overnight, simply boil for 80-90 minutes. Once cooked, strain in a colander and let cool. 

  2. Once your spelt berries are cool, add in vegetables, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Mix thoroughly.

While it tastes great freshly made, this salad is best made the day before you plan on serving it. Let it chill in the fridge overnight, and eat alone or serve on Ritz crackers with soft goat cheese.

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Danielle is a Pittsburgh native who has been warming her “black and gold” blood in sunny Northern California for the past 6 years. On any given day, you can find her arranging ridiculous photo shoots of her one-year-old son Graeme and cat Gizmo, or working on any one of her 27,000 writing projects. She enjoys daydreaming about becoming a famous actress and starting a handful of different businesses with her husband over glasses of wine in the evenings. Someday, she hopes to travel the country in an RV with her family… but she needs to sell that novel first. You can follow her journeys through her blog With A Red Bird On My Shoulder

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