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Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette

This Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette is perfectly beautiful for any holiday table!

Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad in a large, pottery bowl with wooden serving spoons

The Upper Midwest has been experiencing such a beautiful fall. We’re past the mid-month mark for November and I haven’t even put on my winter coat yet. Yes, I’m layering up on the days that are cooler, but wow, what a gift!

As I look at our calendar and all its busy-ness over the next number of weeks, it’s evident that the holiday season is upon us, even if our weather pattern doesn’t seem to fit the norm. I’ve been emailing and texting with Mom and my sisters this past week, trying to get a plan together for Thanksgiving. And I don’t know about you, but one of the dishes I most look forward to at any Thanksgiving table is one that is fresh and bright and colorful, and on the lighter side. This traditional meal can end up feeling very heavy, and might I add “brown”?

Here’s a wonderful little salad for you, just in time for your own holiday menu planning. Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette. It’s not only pretty to look at, but its flavor is outstanding. It’s a contrast to brown and savory, everything your upcoming holiday menus are begging for.

*This post is sponsored by Dole. 
dole baby spinach and celery

In my partnership with DOLE® this past year, I’ve been sharing recipes using their fresh fruits and vegetables:

The wheat berries in this newest salad recipe offer whole grain goodness, and are soft and chewy, deliciously nutty in flavor. They’re folded with bright baby spinach and thin slices of crisp celery, both from Dole.

Dole Premium Celery Hearts

When I visited the Dole Nutrition Institute near Charlotte, NC recently, I was introduced to their new Premium Celery Hearts. This variety of celery is exclusive to Dole and offers a milder taste, a snappier crunch, and a less-stringy texture. Dole’s consumer testing panel chose this variety 9 to 1 over competing celery brands. And personally, I’m one of those consumers who would rather eat this variety too. I often like to incorporate the flavor of celery into dishes by adding it in chopped form, but I don’t find it particularly enjoyable to eat fresh celery sticks, just because of the overly stringy quality. With these new celery hearts, I can happily say that celery has found a new home on our fresh relish tray.

ingredients for the Orange-Curry Vinaigrette

Curry. Dontcha just love it?!

When I uncap the little container of sweet curry in our kitchen, all the little noses in the room start sniffing, and the outer corners of lips turn up, smiling. Curry’s scent is warm and intoxicating. It gets us every time.

The vinaigrette that brings this salad together, hugging every morsel with its bright warmth, is created mostly from the flavors of sweet curry and bright, fresh orange. It’s a beautiful combination.

Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with a jar of Orange-Curry Vinaigrette and fresh pomegranate and apples

I love all the different textures in this salad. Chewy wheat berries and tender spinach are folded playfully into the contrasting crunch of pistachios and fresh celery, apple, and those sweet little pomegranate jewels. It’s a festive looking dish, perfect for the holidays.

Facebook Chat with A Farmgirl's Dabbles and Dole

I also wanted to invite you to join me for a Facebook Chat with Dole. On Wednesday evening, December 1st, I’ll be hosting this little gathering to talk about fresh fruits and vegetables. To find me, just head to the Dole Facebook page at 8:00 pm EST on December 1st. See you then!

Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette

Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette

Yield: 8 servings
prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 20 minutes
total time: 35 minutes
This Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette is perfectly beautiful for any holiday table!
5 Stars (1 Review)


for the orange-curry vinaigrette:

  • c. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest from 1 large orange
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. white wine vinegar
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. sweet curry powder
  • tsp. kosher salt
  • big pinch ground black pepper

for the wheat berry and spinach salad:

  • 1 c. uncooked wheat berries cooked according to package directions until softened, drained and cooled
  • 1 crisp tart apple, cored and chopped into 1/4″ to 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • c. chopped parsley
  • 2 stalks Dole Celery Hearts sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • ¼ c. roughly chopped roasted pistachios
  • 1 6- oz. package Dole Baby Spinach
  • c. pomegranate seeds
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


for the orange-curry vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.

for the wheat berry and spinach salad:

  • Add cooled wheat berries to a large bowl and drizzle 1/3 cup of the prepared vinaigrette over the top. Fold a few times to combine. Sprinkle with kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  • In a small bowl, fold together apple pieces and orange juice to coat evenly and then add all to the wheat berries. Next add the green onions, parsley, celery, and pistachios. Fold to combine. Then gently fold in the spinach, using as little or as much as you like.
  • Place salad in a serving bowl, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, drizzle with a bit more of the vinaigrette, and add a little more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve additional vinaigrette on the side.


from a farmgirl’s dabbles

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 245kcal Carbohydrates: 32g Protein: 4g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 153mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 16g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette

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20 comments on “Wheat Berry and Spinach Salad with Orange-Curry Vinaigrette”

  1. I always look forward to the lighter dishes, too, but I would look forward to this anytime of the year. What a beautiful salad! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

  2. Meghan @ Cake 'n Knife

    I’ve never tried working with wheat berry before but this salad screams winter perfection, so I am going to try it over the long weekend! I can’t wait for all the texture!

  3. This salad is the perfect fall and winter salad happiness. The vinaigrette sounds awesome and totally packed full of curry flavored deliciousness.

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    what a gorgeous salad!!! and love that you are doing a FB chat with Dole! I’ve never done a Facebook chat before! It’s on my calendar!

  5. Mary Beth Elderton

    The orange vinaigrette sounds wonderful! I buy wheat berries in bulk and am always looking for ways to use them other than grinding for flour.

  6. Perfect! Gonna add this to the menu for the Border Battle football game this Sunday. Some Paula Dean pulled chicken sandwiches, Panera inspired black bean soup and YOUR wheat berry salad. Thanks Brenda! Oh, and feel free to drop by for some food and football. ;)

  7. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    I agree, the Thanksgiving table definitely needs a pop of color! This salad looks like the perfect addition!

  8. Heidi @foodiecrush

    I’ve become such a fan of nutty wheat berries. They’re so good and totally healthy. Plus, I’ve recently become a huge fan of sliced fresh celery in salads. It’s so crunchy and bright.

  9. Aggie @ Aggie's Kitchen

    ohhhh wheat berries! Love them! And loving that orange curry vinaigrette, that sounds amazing as does this entire salad!

  10. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    I am also LOVING this Midwest Fall! It makes me forget that winter is coming. So, I totally need to try Dole’s celery. I love celery, but my family isn’t totally on board and I refuse to leave it out of our soups and my favorite fall dishes. I’m betting that the milder taste could get them to see the light of how amazing celery is!

  11. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Oops, I thought I deleted my comment and so I pasted the words in again. Now there’s double! My bad :)

  12. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    This salad looks bright, crunchy, and perfect for leading up to the big brown meal ;)This salad looks bright, crunchy, and perfect for leading up to the big brown meal ;)