Wheat Berry and Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing

I think I have a good schedule worked out that will let me get in all the things I want to do. At least, it’s worked so far this week:

5 AM – wake up, make breakfast, write blog post

6 AM – shower, get ready

6:30 AM – get Ellie up, feed her

7 AM – Leave the house to take Ellie to daycare

7:15 AM – Arrive at work

3:30 PM – Leave work, pick up Ellie, go home and feed her

4:15 PM – Run with the stroller

5:15 PM – Home from run, shower, start dinner and do general household chores

7:00 PM – Ellie’s bedtime

8:30 PM – My bedtime

Since working out after school can be a little tougher than getting it done first thing in the morning, I hung a little motivation up in my classroom. The kids instantly recognized it as “that run thing I did last year when I was pregnant” (I may have mentioned it just a few times…)

I promised the kids I’d run with them today. I have four PE classes, and I’m running about mile with each class. I really do have the perfect job!

OK, so this is definitely very similar to this salad, which also has kale and lentils and lemon juice. But can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Especially when that good thing is healthy and filling?

Wheat Berry and Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing


  • 3 large handfuls tuscan kale
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cups cooked wheat berries
  • 3 cups cooked French green lentils
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dressing
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2-4 Tbsp warm water


  1. Massage the oil into the kale until it is slightly wilted. Place in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. You may want to put the onion in a sieve and run it under cold water for a minute if it is particularly pungent.
  2. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together, adding enough warm water to make the dressing creamy but pourable.
  3. Add to the salad and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste

adapted from Oh She Glows

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12 comments to Wheat Berry and Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing

  • Hey – I don’t know if I’ve ever commented on your blog but I’ve been reading for the past 5-6 months and enjoy it! You are a much more ambitious cook than I am but everything looks delicious. Anyway, just wanted to say that I am similar to you and love having/need to have a schedule so that I can fit in everything I want to do.

  • you are a rockstar and give me home that i can do it all when i’m a mom! (would love your teacher schedule, that’s for sure!) keep it up! :)

  • Ohhh looks like the schedule is working great! LOVE that you get to run with your students too – how fun :)

    Also love the Boston poster of course.

  • You must explain to me how you manage to leave school by 3:30!

  • Krysten

    Quite the ninja schedule! Way to get it all done. Woot!

  • Cate

    Angela – I bring a lot of work home! I also get to school an hour before the kids come, so between that, my lunch, my prep, and the half hour after school, I can get a lot done.

  • Totally impressed with your schedule. I don’t think I could get to bed at 8:30 no matter how hard I tried. Then again, J doesn’t get home from work till 5:30 or 6 and I don’t go running till he’s home.

  • I think salads with tahini dressing are my favorite! This sounds so filling and healthy. I recently discovered Oh She Glows, and have found a ton of new recipes. Great site!

  • Cate – you rock. I wish I could write blog posts at 5 am. I tend to stay up way to late instead. Love this salad. I thought of you today because I took your advice from a previous blog post and prepared veggies and grains ahead of time for a kick-ass lunch. Thanks!

  • Bj

    Jealous of your schedule! But you seem very disciplined and awesome! But…how have you and hibbie shared responsibilities? We are working on that one…could use some help :)

  • Bj

    Not hibbie….hubby

  • Cate

    Bj – He does a lot of the more major cleaning on the weekends while I hang with the baby. During the week, he holds her and helps with the bedtime routine while I work on dinner, then we team up on dishes. I feel really lucky that he’s been so involved in everything from day 1 – it helps that we talk really openly about what we would like each other to help with

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