Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wild Rice and Wheatberry Salad

I promised my friend Tara the recipe for this salad and thought it would be nice to share it with all of you also. It is great for fall and winter.

Wild Rice and Wheatberry Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts
Adapted from here


3/4 cup wheat berries, rinsed
1 cup wild rice, rinsed
1.5 tsp salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1 crisp apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup parsley, minced
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped.

Citrus vinaigrette
Grated zest of one lemon
Grated zest of one orange
1 TB fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 TB rice vinegar (champagne, raspberry or balsamic could work also)
1 TB finely minced shallot
2 tsp honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 to 1 tsp salt

In a large pot bring water and wheatberries to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes. Add the wild rice and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil again, then lower the heat. Simmer, partially covered, for an additional 50-55 minutes or until both grains are cooked. Alternately, you can cook these two in separate pots, saving yourself a bit of wait time. After the grains are cooked, drain well, stir in the dried cranberries and leave to cool.

While the grains are cooking combine all of the salad ingredients and whisk together, blending well.

In a large serving bowl combine the cooled grains and cranberries with the celery, apple and parsley. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well. Top with walnuts. Serve at room temperature.


  1. yum! i know what i am making when joe goes out of town!

  2. I made a wheatberry salad once. and only once, it was from the Whole Foods online recipe, and i just wasnt thrilled. And it was a HUGE bowl of wheatberries. I think maybe part of the issue was that it didn't have any break such as this one does with the rice, so maybe that would be better.
    Other than salads, what do you do with wheatberries?

  3. You know, it's funny cause I apparently grew up eating wheatberries and never even knew that's what they were until I made them myself. My mom will cook some up and mix them with a bunch of sugar and ground walnuts. That is really tasty too! But that pretty much sums up my wheatberries experiences!

    But, yes there's so much going on in this salad and it all works really well together. My boyfriend was looking at it warily at first, pretty sure he wanted nothing to do with it, and then ended up loving it! So it's even safe for boys ;)


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