Wheat Berries with Smoked Turkey and Fruit

Total Time
2 hr
2 hr
0 min
Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels that add wonderful crunch and flavor to any salad.



2¼ cup(s)

uncooked wheat berries

1 cup(s), rinsed

uncooked boneless skinless turkey breast

½ pound(s), smoked turkey, in one piece, cubed


2 item(s), medium, pitted and cubed

Granny Smith apple

1 medium, cored and cubed

uncooked red onion(s)

½ medium, chopped

fresh orange juice

¼ cup(s)

cider vinegar

3 Tbsp

Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp

fresh spinach

5 oz, baby spinach, coarsely chopped


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the wheat berries; reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the berries are tender and the water is absorbed, 1 1/2–2 hours. Fluff the wheat berries with a fork, then let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the wheat berries with the smoked turkey, nectarines, apple, and onion in a large bowl. Whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Stir the juice mixture into the wheat berry mixture until blended.
  3. Arrange the spinach on a platter. Spoon the wheat berries–turkey mixture on top. Serve at once.


You can find them in natural-foods stores and specialty markets. High in protein, they will keep for up to a year in an airtight container stored in a cool, dark, and dry space. If you’re pressed for time, substitute bulgur wheat (it cooks in about 25 minutes), for the wheat berries.

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