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Warm Wheat Berry Salad with Apples, Walnuts & Cranberry Dressing

This healthy side is a fantastic addition to classic roast turkey or fall pork dishes that's as tasty warm as it is at room temperature. The dressing uses fresh cranberries and orange juice to create a tart, tasty topping. 
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 serving


  • 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.

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