Rainbow Chard & Wheat Berries

rainbow chard and wheatberries / loveandlemons.com

Grains & greens. Avocado & eggs… I could probably stop blogging right here and be happy eating this meal every day. Or at least in theory. In reality, I need variety otherwise I have a way of wrecking foods for myself. (One year in college, I ate plain oatmeal 2x a day — breakfast and lunch — and now I can’t stand the sight).

rainbow chard and wheatberries / loveandlemons.com-cropped rainbow chard and wheatberries / loveandlemons.com

The beauty of the grains and greens meal is that it can be changed up a thousand different ways. (Although, I get it — oatmeal can be changed up too. By the time I learned that it was far too late).

Today’s green: beautiful rainbow chard. And my grain of choice: chewy & nutty wheat berries. Sauces like pesto or sun cheese would be delicious here, although this time I kept it super simple and just mixed up a little dijon vinaigrette. If you haven’t heard, chard & mustard are a match made in heaven.

This simple plate is made a little fancier with a poached egg or two.

rainbow chard & wheatberries
Serves: 2 servings
  • small drizzle olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions, (the white parts)
  • 1 bunch chard, chopped, coarse stems removed*
  • mustard oil (see below)
  • ½ cup cooked wheat berries (or quinoa, farro, etc)
  • ½ avocado, chopped, w/ a squeeze of lemon
  • a few sliced radishes
  • optional: poached eggs
  • optional: toasted & chopped almonds
mustard oil:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  1. Mix together your mustard oil, cook your wheatberries, poach your eggs, set aside. (see notes for specific instructions).
  2. In a medium skillet, heat a small drizzle of olive oil. Add the chopped scallions and cook for a minute or so.
  3. Add the chard and a pinch of salt and pepper. Use tongs to move the chard in the pan so that the uncooked parts start to wilt. Add ½ of the mustard oil and stir the chard to lightly coat. Remove chard from the pan just before it's completely wilted. (It'll continue cooking a bit and you don't want it to become soggy).
  4. Plate the wheat berries with the chard, avocado, radish slices and poached eggs. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper and drizzle on the rest of the mustard oil. Top with toasted almonds (not pictured, but delicious).
Cook wheatberries: soak overnight. Drain, rinse, then simmer in a pot full of lightly salted water for 45-60 minutes until they're soft yet chewy. Drain, then serve. Store any extra in the fridge for up to a week. (1 cup dry makes about 2 cooked cups).

Poach eggs: Crack room temperature eggs separately in tiny bowls and have them ready. Heat water in a medium pot until just below boiling (to the point where you see tiny bubbles on the bottom and sides of the pan). Add a good splash of white wine vinegar, then swirl the water. Drop 1 egg in. Gently move the water to ensure it's not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Don't touch it for about 3 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to scoop it out. (I prefer to do 1 egg at a time, but you can do 2 if you're a pro).

*save your extra chard stems for another use (recipe coming soon).

Plates from: Canvas, Forks from: Q Squared

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  1. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com on said:

    Sometimes the simplest food is best, right? Especially when it’s as beautiful as this! I especially love that perfect egg.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks 🙂 “Perfect” eggs are really tough to capture!

  2. Kristin from blog.kristinfleming.com on said:

    Stunning work. Looks so yummy.

  3. This is an absolutely gorgeous dish and a perfect spring-time meal. Love the bright vinaigrette with grains and greens.

  4. Spice and Smile from spiceandsmileblog.com on said:

    Mmm looks delicious! I love the combination of poached eggs and greens… and of course avocado. Beautiful photos as usual.
    Spice and Smile

  5. Hanna from supersimplevegan.blogspot.com on said:

    avocado, always. !!!

  6. Debra Clark from bow-me-over.com on said:

    Since farro is my new favorite thing – I’m so happy it can be used as a substitute! I also love the idea of the poached egg. It will make this rich and decadent. I can’t wait to try it, looks delish!!

  7. I love simple meals like these! I’m a huge fan of rainbow chard–and that EGG! Can’t get over that picture of the yolk oozing out.

  8. Gemma from gemmachew.com on said:

    Oh this looks wonderful. Simple, healthy and delicious! The best kind of meal 🙂

  9. Dora from ziripiti.com on said:


  10. Love swiss chard, but even more than that I love the egg on top of that bowl. Some of my favorite ingredients are in this dish, that means I must make this.

  11. Charlotte from Pinterest on said:

    Just made this dish and it was amazing. Instant favorite. Thank you.

  12. M.callan on said:

    This recipe was divine. My husband is not a fan of Swiss chard but he loved this recipe.

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