Recipe By Tami Regan
Published Apr 4th
Prep 15m Cook 45m Additional 30m Ready In 90m
Servings 6 servings Calories 622.5

This is a recipe I created using wheat berries which is a healthy alternative to rice. It’s also easy to substitute different nuts or fruit depending on what you have on hand.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups wheat berries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup raspberry wine vinegar
  • ½ cup raspberry preserves
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 firm pear, cored and diced
  • ½ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring water and wheat berries to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the wheat berries are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Drain any excess water and cool.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spread walnuts onto a baking sheet.
  3. 3 Bake walnuts in the preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool.
  4. 4 Whisk canola oil, raspberry wine vinegar, raspberry preserves, mustard, oregano, and black pepper together in a bowl until vinaigrette is smooth. Measure 1/2 cup vinaigrette and store remaining vinaigrette in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use.
  5. 5 Combine wheat berries, walnuts, pear, Gorgonzola cheese, cranberries, and green onions in a large bowl. Drizzle 1/2 cup vinaigrette over wheat berries mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate for flavors to blend, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 622.5
  • Carbohydrate 82 g
  • Cholesterol 15 mg
  • Fat 30.2 g
  • Fiber 10.3 g
  • Protein 12.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.7 g
  • Sodium 194.3 mg
  • Sugar 27.7 g

Chef's Notes

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount for the vinaigrette. The actual amount of vinaigrette consumed is only a portion of the recipe.


  1. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for a great side dish. I had some dressing left over that I will dress a green salad with.
  2. I made this according to recipe except with red wine vinegar and blackberry jam since that's what I had on hand. Everyone raved about this! Will definitely keep as a regular.
  3. Awesome salad! Used olive oil instead of canola is a much better alternative
  4. My wife is not a fan of the blue cheeses so I used crumbled goat cheese with cranberries. Great!
  5. This is really good but I have a wheat berry source and a lot of people don't. My husband loves it!
  6. Very good. Used red wine vinegar and no jam.
  7. Made this today and made it with no changes. At first I was leery of adding the mustard to the vinaigrette especially since that was fantastic on its own but was very pleased at the depth of flavor it added! I cant wait to make it again I am sure this will be a regular - Read more ...

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