Recipe: Easy Spelt Salad
If you’re looking for an easy lunch idea for on-the-go, this salad is great because it keeps well in the fridge throughout the work week and lets you skip the long line to the microwave! You could also serve this salad as a side to chicken or fish. This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted however you like—you can even make it vegan and gluten-free! Check out my suggested variations at the end of this post for ideas and let us know what you think in the comments.
Yield: 4 servings (if having for lunch) or 6 servings (if serving as a side dish)
Prep time: 20 min
Total time: 9-11 hours
3-quart saucepan with lid
Measuring cups and spoons
Garlic press (optional)
Fork or mini whisk
Large mixing bowl
Fine mesh strainer
1 cup dry spelt berries
4 cups water
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 large clove of garlic, crushed or minced
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 pint of grape tomatoes (2 cups)
1 small red onion (1/2 cup finely diced)
1 package of fresh basil (40 g)
1/2 cup canned no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup cow’s milk feta (regular feta may be used but will increase sodium content)
Note: Plan to make this recipe a day ahead so you can soak the spelt. Add 1 cup spelt berries to a bowl and cover with water. Leave it to rest overnight (8-10 hours) and cook the next day.
Drain and rinse the soaked spelt. In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil on high-heat. Once boiling, add the soaked spelt, stir, and reduce to low-heat to simmer for 45-50 minutes. While the spelt cooks, prepare the rest of the salad.
In a small bowl, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, crushed (or minced) garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Wash and quarter the grape tomatoes by cutting each tomato in half and again lengthwise. Add your quartered tomatoes to the large mixing bowl. Peel the red onion and cut off the stem (tip) of the onion. Cut the onion in half from top to bottom, lay flat side down, then make thin slices just up to the root end. Finely dice the onion and add to the large mixing bowl. Pile your basil leaves into a stack, roll tightly, and slice into thin ribbons (chiffonade). Add your basil ribbons to the large mixing bowl.
Add the chickpeas into the bowl with your veggies. Once the spelt has finished cooking, it should be chewy or al dente. Drain the spelt and allow it to cool completely, then add it to the large mixing bowl followed by your vinaigrette and feta. Mix well, taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.
Serve cold. This salad can be served immediately or kept refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Check out the video for this recipe here.
To make gluten-free, swap spelt for a gluten-free grain like quinoa or amaranth (preparation methods will vary)
To make vegan/dairy-free, swap feta for a sprinkle of olives or capers
Swap basil for dill or parsley
Add extra veggies like kale, cucumber, or zucchini
Serve warm as a stuffing for peppers and top with extra cheese