Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

  • Yield: 4 servings

Wheat berries are the mother grain from which pasta, bread and flour are derived. Most of us have never tasted their true flavor. Use a crunchy, firm, sweet-tart apple such as a Granny Smith or gala for this salad. Lemon juice and vinegar keep chopped apples from darkening, so you may make this salad the day before serving.


2cups dried wheat berries
7cups water, plus more for soaking
1cup walnuts, chopped
2 apples, cored and chopped (Granny Smith or gala recommended)
1cup black or golden raisins
1cup chopped celery
1cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4cup apple cider vinegar
1/4cup apple juice
2teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1/2teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2cup extra-virgin olive oil
2tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Soak wheat berries in water to cover overnight. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring 7 cups water to a boil. Add wheat berries and cook at a rolling simmer 50 minutes or until they are totally cooked through (they will retain a firm, chewy texture). Drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Transfer wheat berries to a large mixing bowl and add the walnuts, apples, raisins, chopped celery, chopped parsley, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, 2 teaspoons salt, black pepper, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, olive oil and lemon juice. Toss to mix thoroughly. Add more salt if necessary and serve.  

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 866
  • Fat 48g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 1218mg
  • Carbohydrate 100g
  • Fiber 19g
  • Sugars 37g
  • Protein 18g