Savory Kucia - Wheat Berry Salad
80 mins (prep 20, cooking 60)
12 ingredients
4-6 servings
One of the most important dishes for Kucios, the Lithuanian Christmas Eve supper, is "kucia", a mixture of wheat berries, ground poppy seeds and honey. I've never actually had this (wheat berries being scarce in California markets of 40 and 50 years ago), and since I prefer savory things, I decided to make a salad in the spirit of the traditional kucia, incorporating things that would have been available in a typical Central/Eastern European farmstead. OK, balsamic vinegar and olive oil are a bit of a stretch, but everything else would have been available at my grandparents' farms. If you've never had wheat berries, you'll discover a tasty grain. I have found that this tastes best if permitted to stand overnight, to permit the flavors to meld. Cooking time does not include soaking or standing times.

Categories:  taste~mood , <-4-hours , savory , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (26.12 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 144.67 Calories from Fat 135.72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15.08g 92.81%
Saturated Fat 2.07g 41.48%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 292.91mg 48.82%
Total Carbohydrate 2.47g 3.3%
Dietary Fiber 0.14 g 2.22%
Sugars 2.14 g %
Protein 0.17g 1.33%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.01mg%
Calcium 12.46mg% Iron 0.21mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
wheat berries, medium red onion, sweet-tart apple, large, dried sweetened cranberries, chopped walnuts, fresh ground pepper