Written by Diane Becker @ CommonGround Nebraska

My husband, Tom, and I farm south of Norfolk, Nebraska where we raise irrigated corn and soybeans and do custom work. We also have six children. I am active in our kids’ school organizations and am a member of the board of the Norfolk Express Soccer Club and the Nebraska Soybean Association. I was in the Nebraska LEAD program 2007-2009. My hobbies include attending the kids’ activities, running half marathons, taking long bike trips, and reading with my online book club.

In our busy lifestyle, this easy –  and healthy! –  recipe is great for busy moms. In my video, I demonstrate how to make a Nebraska Farm Salad. This salad has lots of protein and fiber and is a great talking piece during your dinner party to talk about the different foods that we grow here in Nebraska!

Click on the Cooking with CommonGround video to watch me make my salad, and find the recipe below. Enjoy!

Nebraska Farm Salad


1/2 cup Wheat Berries
1 cup Edamame (shelled soybeans) àlook for them in the frozen food section!
1/2 can Black Soybeans (or black beans), drained
1 cup tomato, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 cup sweet corn, shelled  (Click here to see how to shell it easily in the microwave)
3 tbsp soybean oil (vegetable oil)

2 tbsp red wine vinegar


1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add wheat berries. Boil for about an hour or until the berries are pretty soft. Drain and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, add the shelled edamame in a cup of boiling water for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Drain and let cool.

2. In a large bowl, add wheat berries, edamame, black beans, chopped tomato, red onion, and sweet corn. Stir gently.

3. Drizzle oil and red wine vinegar over mixed salad.

4. Lightly toss the salad and chill for 1 hour.




CommonGround is a farmer-driven, volunteer program created to clear up misconceptions and enhance the trust and awareness among urban consumers for today’s agriculture. CommonGround serves as a partnership between the nation’s soybean and corn checkoffs. To learn more about CommonGround, visit www.findourcommonground.com, and learn more about the farm women involved in CommonGround Nebraska at www.CommonGroundNebraska.com.