Recipe: Fruit and Nut Wheat Berry Salad

Nutty tasting and nutritious
Fruit and Nut Wheat Berry Salad
Wheat berries are not really berries at all, but are the whole-grain form of wheat, much like a kernel of rice. They’re nutrition-packed because the kernel is left intact. Wheat berries impart a pleasant, chewy texture and nutty flavor and won’t turn into mush when mixed with a dressing or moist fruits or vegetables. This delicious salad is vegan-friendly, too!


2 cups wheat berries
2 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup toasted almonds
½ cup yellow pepper
½ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup dried cranberries
2 peeled fresh oranges, with the segments sliced into cubes
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ tablespoon fresh chopped ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
¼ teaspoon pepper flakes
1 chai tea bag
1 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook wheat berries as indicated on package
  2. While cooking add Chai tea bag, cinnamon & allspice
  3. When al dente; drain excess water and place hot wheat berries in a bowl with orange zest, ginger and dried cranberries. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until cool.
  4. Add the remainder of the ingredients.
  5. Mix well and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serves six
Calories 280
Fat 6 g
Saturated fat 0.5 g
Sodium 360 mg
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 56 g
Sugars 2 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Potassium 95 mg
Source: Donna Setta, AVI Executive Chef

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