Pesto-flavoured Spelt Salad

Pesto-flavoured Spelt Salad

Spelt, often referred to as the "caviar of grains", has a pleasant nutty taste. Slightly crunchy, it is excellent for cold salads. This one is a lovely picnic or summer party side dish.

4 servings
Preparation 10 min
Cooking 35 min

270 calories per serving 


2/3 cup spelt berries   120 g
23 leaves fresh basil   2/3 cup
1/2 clove garlic    
3 tbsp pine nuts   20 g
4 tsp Parmesan cheese   4 g
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil   65 mL
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    

Before you start

Please note: Depending on the type of spelt berries used, they may require soaking at least 4 h before cooking.

A blender or food processor will be very useful to make the pesto sauce.


  1. Put the spelt berries in a pot, cover with water then bring to a boil. Add a little salt, cover, and simmer until the berries are cooked, about 35 min. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the garlic, pine nuts and basil in a food processor or a blender and finely chop. Add the grated cheese and olive oil, then mix until a creamy, but thick consistency is achieved.
  3. Toss the mixture with the cooked spelt. Adjust the seasoning, then serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (100g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




19 g

29 %

Saturated 2.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

13 %


0 mg


25 mg

1 %


22 g

7 %


4 g

15 %


0 g


5 g

Vitamin A

2 %

Vitamin C

0 %


2 %


10 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: ¾ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ¼ serving

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Free :
Low :
Source of :
Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Omega-6, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc
Good source of :
Magnesium, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Excellent source of :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Rice/Grain | Salads | Side dishes | Halal | Kosher | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | Picnic | Italian

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