Warm Butternut Squash and Wheatberry Salad

By • October 22, 2010 • 8 Comments



Author Notes: I love the nuttiness of wheatberries, and it's delicious with creamy butternut squash. - apartmentcookererinmcdowell

Food52 Review: More side dish than salad, this is really good. Great taste -- onions, garlic, sweet squash, herby notes from thyme, rosemary and sage -- and great texture from the wheatberries. I had never used wheatberries before so I wasn't sure how long they would take to cook -- they took about an hour so when I make them again, I will start them before roasting the squash. My "small" butternut squash weighed about 1.5 pounds, and I used about 3/4 of it in the salad. This is a wonderful, hearty way to eat butternut squash, and I'm looking forward to having leftovers for lunch -- I highly recommend it for Editors' Pick. - drbabsA&M

Serves 4

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • olive oil, as needed
  • salt and pepper, as needed
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cups wheatberries, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, warm
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped sage
  • grated parmesan cheese, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Toss the cubed squash with the olive oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs.
  2. Spread into an even layer on a baking sheet, and roast in a 400 degree oven until lightly golden and tender, about 20-25 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until translucent, about 1 minute more.
  4. Add the wheatberries and stir to heat through, about a minute. Add the wine, and bring to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the wine has mostly evaporated.
  5. Add the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium low heat. Cover, and simmer until the liquid is all absorbed and the wheatberries are tender.
  6. Stir in the cooked squash, sage, and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. If desired, finish with another knob of butter. Serve warm.
Jump to Comments (8)

Tags: butternut squash, wheatberries

Comments (8) Questions (0)

Default-small
Default-small
Beaune_02_april_08_063

over 3 years ago enbe

We made this tonight with pumpkin that we had from a farmshare instead of butternut squash and it was SO DELICIOUS. I make a lot of food52 recipes and this has been one of our favorites. Thank you!

3572

almost 4 years ago erinmcdowell

Thanks for the great review, drbabs!

Image

almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks for the great recipe!

Image

almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi apartmentcooker. I am testing this for Editors' Pick this weekend--am really looking forward to making it. (I bought wheatberries a while ago and never used them, so I've had an eye on this recipe since you posted it.) I'll let you know how it goes!

3572

almost 4 years ago erinmcdowell

Yay, drbabs! I hope you like it!

3572

almost 4 years ago erinmcdowell

Thanks guys! Let me know if you end up trying it!

Christine-28_small(1)

almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Very interesting. I am always looking for ways to use wheatberries. I always go the cold salad route. I will have to try this.

Kay_at_lake

almost 4 years ago Kayb

This sounds really good; I enjoy the nuttiness of wheatberries, and I can see it playing well with the roasted squash.