Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries

On Memorial Day, my daughter wanted to have a picnic at the park.  It was kind of impromptu, so we stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few things.  One thing we got was this delicious salad with wild rice and kamut.  I decided right there that I would have to create my own version.

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I used wheat berries and black rice instead of kamut and wild rice.  It turned out even better that way.  This is perfect for summer.  If you have never had wheat berries, they have a nutty flavor that goes perfect with the long grain black rice.  This is the kind of meal that will keep you full for quite some time.  Since it contains wheat berries and black rice, it could be a complete meal as well.

Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries

Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min


  • 2 cups wheat berries
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup long grain black rice
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 T fresh thyme
  • 2 T fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1 large orange or 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2-3 T oil (I used avocado oil)
  • salt to taste


  1. Put the 2 cups of wheat berries and 7 cups of water in a large pot on the stove. 
  2. Bring to a boil and then turn down, cover and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.  You can even do both of these steps a day ahead if you like.  I did that myself. 
  4. Once the rice and wheat berries are cooled, add in the thyme, parsley, cranberries and salt. 
  5. In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together to make a dressing. 
  6. Pour the dressing over the dry ingredients and mix well.


Recipe Notes

This makes at least 4-5 good sized portions. Enjoy!

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23 thoughts to “Wheat Berry Salad with Cranberries”

  1. This recipe is a keeper as is the dressing! I made a batch of just the dressing to use on my garden salads. Thank you for sharing!
  2. I'm making this today and I've never used black rice before so my question is did you rinse your rice after cooking?
  3. Sorry for this question but never had black rice, can you find it at whole foods? Is it better than brown rice? Thanks a lot
    1. I get my black rice out of the bulk bins at Whole Foods. You can probably sub out for brown rice if that is what you have. I like black rice because it has a nutty texture and flavor.
  4. I make a salad that is very similar but add orange, olive oil and lemon juice and omit the vinegar. I then add chopped toasted walnuts. It is a big hit at family parties! Love the texture of wheat berries.
  5. This was Fantastic!!! The dressing was sweet and tangy and a great compliment to the nutty flavors in the salad. This was also our first experience with wheat berries and we were so thrilled we plan to try farro next! We measured the rice and wheat berries after being cooked but weren't sure if that was correct. I think we would have gotten a ton more if we measured everything dry. Thank you again for all of your wonderful recipes!!
    1. Awesome! I measured the wheat berries after they cooked. :) Farro has a very similar nutty taste too. I also have another wheat berry salad with corn and avocados on my blog too. :)
  6. Loved this recipe, thank you Melissa! I just Googled "black rice" as I randomly bought some at Trader Joe's. I know it is also known as forbidden rice and had healthy rumors so I snagged it. Low and behold I also had wheat berries that I have used once and forgotten. I actually made this twice and the second time I added the diced orange after the juicing and it was nice. Also, I added a couple of grinds of dried Tabasco peppers from my garden. Lovely!

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