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Jean's Einkorn Berry Salad

Jean's Einkorn Berry Salad

By: Terra Brockman (Read Bio)

Jean's Einkorn Berry Salad
This recipe is from Janie's Mill team member Jean, and has become famous around the mill! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, and so versatile! You can use any vegetables you like (this is a great way to use up those left-over vegetables in the refrigerator!) and you can tweak the dressing recipe as you wish. You may also use whatever wheat berries you have on hand. Since different berries have different cooking times, which can range from about 30 to 60 minutes, just begin testing them at 30 minutes and remove them from the heat when they are soft, but still pleasingly chewy.

Yield: about 4 cups of grain salad. (NOTE: One cup of dry wheat berries yields about 3.5 cups of cooked berries. If you'd like to make more or less than this recipe calls for, simply use the 1:3 ratio of berries to water to make the amount you'd like.) 


  • 1 cup Einkorn berries (or the whole berry of your choice)
  • 3 cups water 
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • about 3 cups chopped vegetables of your choice --  I used cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, multi-colored peppers, and celery.  (This is a great way to use up those left-over vegetables in your refrigerator!)  

    For the Vinaigrette:
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tsp of dijon mustard (regular yellow mustard is also fine)
    • 1/2 tsp of honey 
    • 1 garlic clove (pressed, or finely chopped)
    • salt and pepper to taste 


    1. Cook the berries. Rinse the berries and place them in a heavy sauce pan (or Insta-pot) with the water and salt. (As a rule of thumb, use a 1 to 3 ratio of grain to water, but more water is fine, since you always pour some off after the berries are done. You may also "eyeball" it, adding enough water to cover the berries by 2 to 3 inches.) Simmer until the berries are done, about 45 minutes for Einkorn. Start testing them at 30 minutes, and take them off the heat and drain when they are soft but still chewy. Drain and cool the berries. 

    2. Make the dressing. While the berries are cooking, whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together. Let it sit to meld the flavors.

    3. Make your Einkorn Salad! In a big bowl, combine the cooked berries, chopped vegetables, and dressing. Toss well and enjoy!

    Posted on June 20 2024