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Festive Three-Grain Salad

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + cooling


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 22, 2022
Wholesome ingredients and a festive appearance make this colorful side one of my holiday staples. Plus, I can assemble it the night before and store it in the refrigerator. —Teri Kreyche, Tustin, California
Festive Three-Grain Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup uncooked wheat berries
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked medium pearl barley
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, dried cherries or dried cranberries
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large saucepan, combine wheat berries and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Stir in barley; simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Stir in rice; simmer, covered, 40-45 minutes or until grains are tender. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Add apple, pomegranate seeds, green onions, carrot, celery and parsley to wheat berry mixture; toss to combine. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until blended. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 219 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 180mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 5g protein.

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