Pear Walnut Wheat Berry Salad


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 7 cups water

  • 2 cups wheat berries

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Raspberry Vinaigrette:

  • 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


  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. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spread walnuts onto a baking sheet.

  3. Bake walnuts in the preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool.

  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. 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.

Editor's Note:

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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

623 Calories
30g Fat
82g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 623
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 194mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 361mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.