Photo: Rob Culpepper; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
13 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours 15 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

This salad is all about crunch, with toasted walnuts, crisp apple, and celery. Look for wheat berries in the grain or bulk section of your supermarket. Save your celery leaves for a beautiful and delicious garnish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place wheat berries in a medium bowl; cover with water to 2 inches above wheat berries. Cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain. Place wheat berries in a saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above wheat berries; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook, uncovered, 1 hour or until tender. Drain.

Step 2

Combine wheat berries, apple, and next 4 ingredients (through celery) in a large bowl. Combine oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle dressing over wheat berry mixture; toss to coat.

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Ratings & Reviews

Good but could be stellar with a couple of small changes

December 29, 2015
This was really good, but I think next time I make it, I will use Granny Smith apples and double the lemon juice.  It would have been better with a little more sour taste.

jmeleeS's Review

January 20, 2014
Great lunch recipe for weekday meals as the berries will help keep you powered for the afternoon at work and there is no need to reheat; the lemon preserves the apple so it browns slower and it's great super chilled (right from the fridge). Buy quick cooking wheat berries at the store (they will say "par boiled" on the bag) so you can skip the soak and the 1 hr cook time. My berries were ready in 15 minutes with a great chewy texture. Not many opportunities to use smoked salmon in everyday cooking, but I love the flavor so I'm incredibly happy to have this recipe in my "keeper" list. Enjoy!

bjane1's Review

September 26, 2013
Wow! This had wonderful flavors and crunch. Great use for the smoked salmon from my fisherman brother in law. Will definitely make again.

ajvinande's Review

September 16, 2013
Fabulous!! Great crunch, as promised, and even better flavors. Quinoa makes an easy sub for the wheat berries.