Whether you love wheat berries, or haven’t yet tried them, Tulip Tree Café  located in The Farmhouse at Calgo Gardens, has the perfect dish to introduce you to this healthy and flavorful grain. Try making Chef Heidi’s recipe for Red Wheat Berry Salad—full of fresh delicious flavors, protein, and fiber—and reap all of their healthy benefits.

This salad has a sweet, crunchy flavor that will make wheat berries a new favorite ingredient. Not sure what wheat berries are? Well, basically they’re unrefined whole wheat flour. It’s the entire wheat kernel, except for the hull. Similar to barley, they’re nutritious, crunchy, and offer as many health benefits as a whole grain. They look like short, thick grains of rice. Wheat berries can be used in soups, salads, or as side dishes (just think whole grains).

Tulip Tree Café's Red Wheat Berry Salad


  • 1/2 cup hard wheat berries
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes (or apples and toasted walnuts)
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion (or 2 scallions, sliced thin)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves (or parsley)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice and zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Place the wheat berries in a large, heavy pot.
  • Add water to cover the wheat berries plus an additional two inches.
  • Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, for one hour or until tender. 
  • Drain and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add the cooled wheat berries.
  • Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.


Stop by Tulip Tree Café, to enjoy the farm-to-table style fare. Warm up with the soup of the day or take a box lunch home with you if you are in a hurry.

Winter hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 3 until March 1 when regular hours go into effect. Check tuliptreecafe.com for more information.

Tulip Tree Café is available for special request dinners, small parties and workshops. 

The slate background we chose for this photo shoot is not only stunning, but has a great story. It was Chef Heidi’s great Aunt Rhodie’s and dates back to 1912! Rhodie, a math teacher in New York City, used it above her desk for math lessons. We repurposed it to show off her great-niece’s culinary works!