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Wheat Berry Salad with Apples and Cranberries

If you haven’t tried wheat berries, you’re in for a treat. This Wheat Berry Salad with Apples and Cranberries is toothsome, flavorful, and healthy. You’ll create serious lunch envy with this recipe.

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Wheat berries have shot into foodie fame these past couple of years. It’s funny how the old things become new again. Wheat berries are essentially whole wheat kernels that have had their husks removed. They’re a powerhouse of nutrition and fiber. And they’re finally getting noticed.

Kinda like farro. It’s super fun watching these age-old whole grains get the lunch spotlight.

Hubby was the one who requested this wheat berry salad one fine day. It was actually quite a long time ago when he brought it up. Said something about trying a wheat berry salad with buddies at work, yada yada.

I was probably eating cookies and ignored him.

Now I wish I’d listened up sooner, ’cause this wheat berry salad is crazy good…

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These plump and hearty grains are truly worth trying, if you haven’t jumped on board yet.

With a toasty, nutty flavor and a chewy texture, whole wheat berries are magnificent in soups, stews and salads.

They’re wholesome, hearty, unprocessed, and just plain satisfying. Wheat berries will rock your salad and make it a healthy dish you’re actually eager to eat.

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We created a wheat berry salad loaded with apples, cranberries, oranges, baby kale, and toasty pecans. The colors and textures jive delightfully with the flavors.

This salad has it all: healthy, nutritious, and delicious.

And the dressing? It’s sweet, tangy, and drizzly perfection.

Wheat Berry Salad

Here’s to creating some serious lunch (or dinner) envy.

And not feeling one snippet of guilt at all.

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Wheat Berry Salad with chopped Apples and Oranges

Wheat Berry Salad with Apples and Cranberries

4.62 from 13 ratings
If you haven't tried wheat berries, you're in for a treat. This Wheat Berry Salad with Apples and Cranberries is toothsome, flavorful, and healthy. You'll create serious lunch envy with this recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amy Dong


For the Salad:

  • 1 cup whole wheat berries, dry
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 stalks green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup baby kale leaves
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped

For the Dressing:


  • Do ahead: Make the dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a bowl, whisking to combine well, and keep covered/chilled until ready to use.
  • In a large heavy pot, cook wheat berries according to package directions (bring to a boil in water that's 2 inches above the wheat berries and boil uncovered for one hour, or to your desired level of tenderness.) Drain and cool. If desired, run it under cold water to help cool faster. Be sure to drain well.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked wheat berries with apples, orange segments, cranberries, green onions, and baby kale. Toss well with prepared dressing. Season with additional salt and pepper, as needed. Sprinkle toasted pecans into the salad right before serving.


This salad keeps well for one day, making leftovers perfect for lunch the next day.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

Source: Chew Out Loud

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Recipe Rating


    • Shylo
    • 5 stars

    Hi – LOVE this salad. I have made it at least 3-4 times and believe it should be in my fridge at all times! Question – even when I cook them longer the wheat berries can still be a little chewy. I actually love the chew and the the mouth feel of the wheat berries but admit it can get a little hard on the jaw if you eat a lot. Just curious if you’ve ever tried with something like farro?

      • Amy Dong

      I often interchange wheat berries and farro – both are just as delicious! I’m so happy to hear you love this salad – thank you for coming over 🙂

    • Liz
    • 5 stars

    I went to follow a recipe I had found for a wheatberry salad, but panicked and realized I didn’t have several key ingredients. Luckily I found this recipe, and had everything but the oranges and celery. It came out fantastic and you saved our lunch! Will definately be making this again. Delicious

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, so happy you made and liked this recipe, Liz! 🙂

    • Cheryl Friske
    • 5 stars

    I made the Wheatberry Salad with Apples & Oranges, and it is spectacular! There is absolutely nothing that I could do to improve it. This will become a staple for me.

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Cheryl!! So so happy you liked this dish! 🙂

    • Liz

    Thank you for the nice salads. Have a wonderful weekend.

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Liz! 🙂

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