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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

This Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad is loaded with grapes, apple, celery, blue cheese, and honey-spiced walnuts. It makes a delicious and filling lunch that can be made the day before.

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad


As much as I love them, I get bored with green salads very easily. But never grain-based salads. There’s so much versatility with them and they always seem so much more filling.

And there are tons of grains to choose from these days: farro, barley, quinoa, millet, sorghum, and wheat berries are just a few.

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad with apples, grapes, walnuts, and blue cheese #healthy

If you want to add a few new grains to your cooking repertoire, but aren’t sure how to, I recommend taking a look at Craftsy’s free online class Creative Ways With Whole Grains (w/ Anna Bullett).

I have fallen in love with Craftsy classes and recently blogged about their free Pizza Making Class here. Cooking with Grains is also a free class and you will learn tips on cooking different grains, how to store them, and ways to serve them. Recipes include a Wheat Berry Salad with goat cheese, a Wild Rice Pilaf, Quinoa Breakfast Porridge, and a farro risotto.

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Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad with apples, grapes, walnuts, and blue cheese #healthy

I’ve used Wheat Berries for this Waldorf Salad, but it can be made with other grains as well. I’ve even made it with steel-cut oats and it was delicious.

I love the chewy texture and nutty flavor of wheat berries. Combined with grapes, apple, celery, blue cheese, and walnuts that have been toasted with honey and cayenne pepper, wheat berries make a deliciously satisfying lunch. The whole salad is drizzled with a sweet and tart apple cider and honey dressing.

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad with apples, grapes, walnuts, and blue cheese #healthy


Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad

A healthy and filling grain salad with grapes, apple, celery, blue cheese, and honey-spiced walnuts.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
TOTAL: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cups walnut pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced Granny Smith Apple
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese


  • Place the wheat berries in a medium saucepan and cover with about 2 inches of water. Add 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally. Drain.
  • To make dressing, combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, 4 teaspoons honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk well to combine. Set aside.
  • To make walnuts, combine walnuts, 1 1/2 teaspoons honey, and red pepper in a small nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place wheat berries in a medium bowl and add in apple, celery, grapes, and blue cheese. Add dressing to taste and toss well. Sprinkle with walnuts.


Calories: 420kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

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Recipe Source: adapted from Cooking Light

Disclosure: Spicy Southern Kitchen is a Craftsy affiliate.

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11 thoughts on “Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad”

  1. I love lots of texture in my salads especially when they’re piled on with grains and nuts. I’ve never tried it with steel cut oats, that’s a great idea for next time too! I am drooling over everything you put in this salad, it looks so bright and amazing!

  2. What an awesome take on a waldorf salad! I’m with you – I never get sick of grain salads.

  3. Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    I’ve yet to try wheat berries and this salad would be the ideal way – loving all these fruits and veggies mized in with the grains and the wheat berries! And thanks for the info on those free cooking classes too, Christin!

  4. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    I love all the salads popping up all over the web. They look delicious and make me want to eat healthier so that’s definitely a winner!

  5. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    You make the most gorgeous and colorful salads, Christin! I am absolutely loving all the grains you’ve got going on, and all that colorful fruit just POPS in your photos! Just stunning. 🙂 Pinned!

  6. I absolutely adore grain-based salads and I love wheat berries. I could chew on them for hours! haha. This is a fantastic recipe!

  7. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This looks delicious! I love nuts and fruit in salad, it just adds a nice extra texture to it.

  8. Green salads can get boring, and the best salads for lunch are grain salads…with or without greens…chalk full of yummy ingredients. i love waldorfs, and this looks extra satisfying with the wheat berries!

  9. Wow!! This looks so good!! oh my word!! I want some! YUM! 🙂 Also, I love that you used apple cider vinegar! 🙂 I used to put it on my salads at school as a dressing! Soooooooo good for you!!!

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