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Beating Hunger Pangs with Wheat Berry, Corn and Cottage Cheese Salad

Beating Hunger Pangs with Wheat Berry, Corn and Cottage Cheese Salad

Want a guilt-free indulgence? Look no further. Just toss a salad with wheat berries.
By Priya Sreeram

Want a guilt-free indulgence ? Look no further! Toss a salad with wheat berries. The best part is you can literally use anything in your pantry to put up a fine dish. For instance carrots, shallots, feta or goat cheese, snow peas or dates, nuts like walnuts and dried fruits like raisins and apricots; literally anything can be added to give it a different twist as the cooked berries can absorb the flavor of the other ingredients well.

Wheat Berries are the whole wheat kernels and is the seed from which the wheat plant grows. These whole grains contain high fibre and have a very earthy and nutty flavor when cooked. To reduce the cooking time it is advisable to soak it for a few hours.

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My favourite way of eating this salad is mixing it with corn and cottage cheese. The nutty & chewy wheat berry and the sweet and crisp corn kernels blends well with the rich goodness of the honey and the mustard dressing. Also dotted with black olives, onion and diced pepper the salad is supremely satisfying. Besides the refreshing flavours of mint combined with the acidic touch of apple cider vinegar adds the much needed pep. Lazy Sundays or a leisurely brunch the salad is ideal.

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Beating Hunger Pangs with Wheat Berry, Corn and Cottage Cheese Salad

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  • Author: Priya Sreeram
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3


Toss a salad that is supremely blissful, filling and very healthy to dig in.


  • (Soaking Time : 8 hours ; Preparation Time : 15 mins ; Cooking Time : 15 mins )
  • Wheat Berry – 200 grams (soaked & cooked)
  • Cottage Cheese – 100 grams (cut in to mini cubes)
  • Sweet Corn – a big fistful (boiled)
  • Onion – 1 small – thinly diced
  • Bell Pepper – 1 small – thinly diced
  • Black Olives – 10 to 12 – halved
  • Honey & Mustard Dressing – 1 to 2 tbsp (I used store bought)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 to 2 tsp
  • Black pepper Powder – 2 tsp – to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mint Leaves – a fistful – washed and roughly chopped


  1. Wash the wheat berries well in running water and soak it with adequate water for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  2. Cook it in a pressure cooker up to 5 or 6 whistles. The berries would be done well and chewy to the bite. Alternately you can bring it to a boil in a sauce pan with enough water and cook on a medium flame for a good 40-45 minutes.
  3. Drain the water from the cooked grains in a colander.
  4. Tip it in a mixing bowl. Add cottage cheese, sweet corn,diced onion and pepper. Tip in the black olives and toss.
  5. Add the honey and mustard dressing along with apple cider vinegar.
  6. Season it with salt and pepper. Finally add the mint leaves. Fluff it up.
  7. Let the salad stand at room temperature undisturbed for a good 45 minutes to 1 hour so that the flavours are infused thoroughly.
  8. Enjoy !
  • Prep Time: 8 hours 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins


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