Warm Wheat Berry Salad with Apples, Walnuts & Cranberry Dressing

This uniquely healthy side dish uses fresh cranberries and orange juice to create a tart, tasty dressing. A delicious addition to classic roast turkey or fall pork dishes that's as good warm as it is at room temperature.

Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh or defrosted frozen cranberries
  • 2 TB orange juice
  • 2 TB minced shallot
  • 1 TB walnut oil
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • ¾ cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup granny smith apple, diced small (1 medium)
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped small


Combine wheat berries, water, and ½ tsp salt in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour or until wheat berries are tender but retain some chew. Meanwhile puree cranberries, orange juice, shallot, walnut oil, sugar, thyme, ¼ tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper in a small Kitchen Aid mixer or blender. When wheat berries are done, drain and return to saucepan.  Stir in cranberry dressing, apple, celery, and walnuts.  Serve warm or room temperature.