Wheat Berry Salad with Oranges, Sprouted Garbanzos, and Baby Artichokes

A hearty salad filled with flavor, texture, and nutrition.

When I as at the market recently, I came across two ingredients I’d not seen before. The first, fresh sprouted garbanzo beans, and the second, jarred baby artichokes, really tiny they were!

I’ve sprouted many types of seeds and beans, but it never occurred to me to sprout a garbanzo bean; I’m not sure why not! I thought they would be a lovely and really nutritious idea for a salad, and they were.

Always looking for something different

The tiny little baby artichokes also looked really delicious, so in my recipe-creating mind, I tossed them in too.

When I got home, I thought I would use couscous as my salad base, but my eyes fell on a little bag of hard red winter wheat berries from the Nitty Gritty Grain Company here in Vermont. They may be hard to source a where you are, so substitute any red winter wheat berry.

A Perfect Protein Salad

When I think of wheat berries, my mind goes back to my old hippie days when I often made The Perfect Protein Salad from my well-used copy of The Moosewood Cookbook. It was the first thing I ever made with wheat berries, and I loved them immediately. That recipe used both mustard and cider vinegar in the dressing, so I included them both in my recipe as a nod to Mollie Katzen.

Loaded with nutrition

Wheat berries are the whole grain –– bran, grain, and endosperm. They are extremely nutritious, loaded with protein and fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including iron. Sweet and nutty in flavor, chewy in texture when cooked, they can be used as a rice substitute, tossed in salads and soups, or used as a breakfast dish. They are inexpensive, filling, and quite tasty.

Their only drawback is that they take up to an hour to cook, a little less time if you soak them overnight. However, my pressure cooker came to the rescue since I hadn’t soaked them previously. 

Cooking away while we have tea

I tossed them in the cooker with double the amount of water, a sliced onion, a little salt and pepper, and a bay leaf. I processed at high for 30 minutes and let the steam release naturally. They were perfect, and I had more than enough time to prep everything else and have a cup of tea while they were cooking.

The oranges in my fruit bowl asked to be included, as did the lovely fresh chives and parsley I had sitting in a vase on my windowsill. 

Flavorful and Balanced

The salad was delicious and beautifully balanced. The orange was delightful, and the next day, the first thing to scent the air when I took the top off the container. Ah!

The ingredients here are just a suggestion, use what you have in your pantry and what you like. The garbanzos added an almost crunchy element here; if you can’t find the sprouted ones, just use regular canned, or substitute another bean. If you can’t find the tiny little artichokes, just chop up full-sized ones, or even leave them out. 

If you are like me, there has to be a really compelling reason to skip to the market for just one or two ingredients, so making do is the order of the day, just like it was way back when.

Wheat Berry Salad with Oranges, Sprouted Garbanzos, and Baby Artichokes

The dressing:

  • 2 tbsp. grainy mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Zest and juice of 2 organic oranges
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • A few shakes of hot sauce

The salad:

  • 2 cups cooked wheat berries
  • 1 cup sprouted garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup baby artichokes
  • 1 cup purple onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chives, minced
  • ¼ cup flat-leafed parsley, chopped
  • Segments from the two oranges
  • Poppy seeds

Supreme the oranges. First zest them, reserving the zest for the dressing in a medium bowl. After doing so, cut the polar ends off the oranges so they sit flat. With a sharp knife, remove the peeling by slicing down and around, getting most of the pith in the process. Holding the orange in non-dominant hand, use that sharp knife to slice between the membranes of the orange, releasing the inner segments. Once finished, squeeze any juice into the bowl with the zest, and set the segments aside.

Combine the rest of the dressing ingredients with the zest and juice and whisk or, alternately, you can shake everything well in a covered jar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the wheat berries, beans, artichokes, onion, chives, and parsley. Mix well, then add the dressing and mix again. Season with salt and pepper and taste. Correct any of the seasoning to where you want it.

Place in your serving bowl and garnish with the orange segments and poppyseeds or other seed of choice. Delicious as a whole meal served atop a bed of lettuce, or as a side dish.

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Special ingredients in an awesome salad.

  2. What a super delicious and hearty salad! I so miss going to the market 😢

    1. Thank you! What I miss most is going to the market and taking my time to leisurely look for things. If I pick up a avocado and put it back, I feel like everyone is watching me commit a social faux pas!

      1. I know the feeling 😢 Not sure we’ll ever go back to how it was 😢

  3. CarolCooks2 says:

    I love finding a new or long forgotten ingredient it sets the mind and the tastes whirring…the salad sounds amazing I love using oranges, Dorothy and like you never sprouted Garbanzos…Live and learn…:) x

    1. Mung beans, alfalfa, radishes, broccoli, lots of others, but never garbanzos!

  4. Wow, this sounds like something on the menu of an upscale farm to table type restaurant! Incredibly creative Dorothy!
    Jenna

    1. Thank you Jenna! It was really delicious, and I have a little left over that I’m going to stuff in a tortilla for lunch!

  5. You have the touch, that’s for sure. 😋🌿💫

    1. Ah! Thanks so much!

  6. Angela says:

    You are incredibly creative. I really need to “stretch” a bit and try something new. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You’re welcome Angela! The ingredients were speaking to me for sure! What brought it altogether was the big luscious oranges I bought; they were so pretty!

  7. Julia says:

    What a beautiful salad! It sounds so tasty as well.

    1. Thank you Julia! It was really delightful!

  8. Such a perfect winter salad. Love the ingredients, seasoning and orange addition. I haven’t used wheat berries in ages, so thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    1. Thank you Ronit! There are lots of foods we forget about, and then it almost feels new when we have them again.

      1. So true! 🙂

  9. Wheat Berry Salad with Oranges, Sprouted Garbanzos, and Baby Artichokes

    On Thursday, January 21, 2021, The New Vintage Kitchen wrote:

    > Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen posted: ” A hearty salad filled with flavor, > texture, and nutrition. When I as at the market recently, I came across two > ingredients I’d not seen before. The first, fresh sprouted garbanzo beans, > and the second, jarred baby artichokes, really tiny they were! ” >

  10. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve not had wheat berries in decades. My mother liked them, but I’ve never made them for any recipe. Something old to try again. Thanks.

    1. I know! We forget sometimes why we liked them, or maybe we just overuse them and move on. It is nice to rediscover them.

  11. chef mimi says:

    That is one beautiful salad! I’m desperate to find baby artichokes, in any form! Whenever I see them at Italian markets i get so envious! and I love your dressing, and I don’t impress easily, cause I’ve been making them from scratch for almost 40 years to pair well with my salads. It’s so fun and easy, but most people just buy dressings.

    1. Thank you Mimi! Such kind words from you mean a lot. It was a delightful salad that will make again. I agree about the dressing, which is often the most important part of the salad, bringing everything together. I always make my own, and give it some thought, because this is where you can turn any salad from just a plate of greens into something memorable. Plus, you know what is in it –– not a lot of chemicals and preservatives!

      1. chef mimi says:

        Exactly.

  12. Sounds yummy! I love wheat berries, farro and the like. Fun to find new recipes for them. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Stacy! This recipe was a mixture of new finds and revisiting an old friend!

  13. This salad sounds delicious! I’ll have to make a few substitutions for the salad part, butI have everything for the dressing. I still have my old Moosewood cookbooks too and should probably look through them for some new ideas!

    1. I’m sure your creation will be superb! Isn’t it funny how we ignore those old cookbooks for ages, then we remember why we loved them to begin with!

  14. I’ve been looking for some new and good vegetarian sources of protein. I’ve never tried wheat berries before but now I’ll have to give them a go. This looks yummy!

    1. Thanks! They have a delightful chewy texture and nutty flavor!

  15. foodzesty says:

    Love this salad!!!

    1. Thank you! It’s a nice change, the citrus and chewy texture wake up the senses!

      1. foodzesty says:

        I agree!! Hope all is well 🙂

      2. We are trying to keep wee, thank you! Stay safe.

  16. This looks great and sounds delicious, Dorothy.

    1. Thank you Robbie! It’s really a lovely salad, and everyone enjoyed it.

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