Carrot and Rye Berry Salad With Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

A hearty salad with rye berries, tender carrots, onions, cilantro, celery, and toasted Marcona almonds in a simple olive oil vinaigrette.

Note: Wheat berries or barley can be used in place of rye berries.

Recipe Details

Carrot and Rye Berry Salad With Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 60 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups dried rye berries (see note)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 pound small carrots

  • 1 cup marcona almonds, roughly chopped

  • 2 teaspoons whole grain or Dijon mustard

  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)

  • 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon

  • 2 teaspoons balsamic or sherry vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 stalks celery, peeled, and thinly sliced on a bias

  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place rye berries in a medium saucepan and cover with water by 2 inches. Add 1 bay leaf and season heavily with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until rye berries are tender, about 30 minutes. Drain in a fine mesh strainer and run under cool water until well chilled. Discard bay leaf. Place strainer over a large bowl and let drain for at least 15 minutes.

  2. While rye berries cook, place carrots and remaining bay leaf bay leaf in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Season heavily with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain under cold running water and peel by rubbing skin off under running water. Cut carrots into 1- to 1/2-inch chunks on a bias. Set aside.

  3. Toast almonds in a medium skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently, until nutty brown and dark in spots, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

  4. Combine mustard, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add drained rye berries, carrots, almonds, celery, onion, and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently with your hands until the salad is coated in the dressing. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
467 Calories
29g Fat
44g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 467
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 875mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 742mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)