Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad

This Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad is the perfect simple recipe for a filling lunch or side at dinner. #Tastelikebetter

Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad

I originally planned to call this recipe ‘Healthy-ish Vegan Wheatberry Waldorf-Inspired Salad’ but dashes just don’t work in hyperlinks and that title is wayyyy too long so I went with ‘Vegan Wheatberry Waldorf Salad’ even though this is merely a riff on the classic.

I got the idea for this salad over the holidays when I helped Wyatt’s mom make a family feast. I was excited to get into the kitchen and learn the traditional recipes Wyatt grew up with. It didn’t take long before I discovered they were much different than the ones I make in my own kitchen (so much butter, velveeta!, and the likes). I volunteered to whip up the waldorf salad – surely I’d be good at that since veggies are my specialty. I had never actually had a Waldorf salad before but the idea of it sounded delicious – crunchy celery mixed with sweet grapes and sour apples all folded into a creamy dressing. I imagined a tangy yogurt dressing with a hardy grain bringing it altogether but soon realized that the recipe I’d be following actually had mayonnaise for the creamy base and was more of a glorified fruit salad than a hearty grain salad I had imagined. I stuck to the original recipe and the flavors ended up being wonderful (I mean the salad is super famous – you’d hope so!) but I took a mental note to play around with my own version when I got home.

As a quick google scan, I soon discovered I wasn’t the only one to make a healthier version of the dish and I am excited to share my version with you today. It makes a great meal for lunch or as a side for dinner. You can add more greens (such as spinach, lettuce, or kale) to make it more salad-like or just stick to a sprinkle of microgreens on the top. Waldorf salad dressing is just mayonnaise, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. For my fresher dressing, I used Silk’s almond yogurt in this recipe to make it vegan and whisked it with a little bit of lemon juice, salt, and pepper (I found the salad to be sweet enough from the fruit).

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What I love about this super simple Healthy Vegan Waldorf Salad is that it’s lighter than the fare we’ve been indulging in all winter longer but it uses ingredients that can be easily found all year round. I also used Silk’s Almond dairy-free yogurt alternative to create the creamy vegan dressing. I’m pretty excited about this yogurt alternative since I prefer plain yogurt and have had the hardest time finding a plain vegan version in the past.

I’ve made this recipe a few times now and have discovered it’s great with or without golden raisins. Waldorf salads are traditionally made with walnuts but I prefer the buttery texture of pecans and found they work beautifully in this dish. Also, having trouble finding where to buy wheatberries? I have had trouble finding wheatberries in the grocery store in the past but I’ve find that you can usually find them in the bulk section of most grocery stores. The ones I used in this post are from Nuts.com which has several varieties available.

Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad recipe below:

Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad

Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 813 kcal
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
This Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad is the perfect simple recipe for a filling lunch or side at dinner.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked wheatberries
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 medium granny smith apples , cored and sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice , divided
  • 6 Tbsp Silk's Plain Yogurt Alternative
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes , sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins , optional
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup lightly toasted pecans
  • Microgreens for garnish , optional

Instructions

  1. Rinse the wheatberries and then transfer to a large saucepan with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low simmer, and let simmer for an hour to an hour and a half or until softened. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. Toss the apple slices in 1 Tbsp lemon juice and set aside. Whisk together the yogurt, remianing 1 Tbsp lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Fold the dressing into the cooled wheatberries until they are evenly coated.
  3. Toss in the apple slices, grapes, raisins (if using), chopped celery, and pecans. Top with microgreens, if using. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve right away and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 813 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 316mg 13%
Potassium 515mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 108g 36%
Dietary Fiber 21g 84%
Sugars 24g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 15.6%
Calcium 13.4%
Iron 27.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Vegan Waldorf Wheatberry Salad

 

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Shellywest

Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

March 19, 2017

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5 Comments

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    Todd Wagner | HonestlyYUM

    March 29, 2017

    I absolutely love salads with grains, and try to have at least one at least once every week. And especially a big fan of the wheatberries here!

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    michelle @ hummingbird high

    March 29, 2017

    yum! i’ve only just started playing around with wheatberries as a staple grain in my rotation and am having trouble finding recipes that use it! bookmarking this one for the future. xo

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    Considering The Radish

    March 31, 2017

    I first had Waldorf salad when a roommate made it for dinner. My initial impression wasn’t favorable- it was one of those this is a salad?!?! moments- but I could still see the charm. I think your version looks a thousand times more desirable than my encounters with the past.

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    Jennifer Farley

    April 1, 2017

    I do love a good waldorf salad, in whatever shape or form. The grapes always sell it for me! This version looks wonderful.

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    Asan Khana Pakana

    May 18, 2017

    I have tried so many types of salad but “Waldorf salad” is new for me, can’t wait to try this. Defiantly I will try it this weekend, hope i have good experience of trying it. Thanks for great recipe.

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