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  1. My four salad rules
  2. Watch how to make this blood orange & wheat berry salad
  3. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  4. Blood Orange & Wheat Berry Salad Recipe

I love Easter. Why? Well, it’s the unofficial start to spring. The weather doesn’t always cooperate, but the food surely does. Often, the Easter meal consists of ham (I even made citrus glazed ham last year!). Don’t ask me why, but this is what’s traditional here in the Midwest. Well, this year, I’m throwing traditional out the window and serving up an Easter brunch instead. Why? You may ask. Two reasons:

  • One, a brunch is always festive, whether it’s formal or relaxed.
  • Two, a brunch combines everything we love about breakfast and lunch, all in one delightful meal.

The fusion of these two meals is right where salads step in. This blood orange and wheat berry salad topped with pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds, and feta is the combination of all the flavors I love with the brightness of spring.

Close up view of blood oranges situated on top of salad greens sprinkled with sunflower seeds and feta cheese

Salads are underrated. After years of yucky salad bars (don’t get me wrong, a good salad bar is my life), gross, tasteless “side salads” in restaurants, and boring, flavorless grocery store lettuce, it’s no surprise that we’re less than excited about salads. I’ll let you in on my personal philosophy: I think they’re having a revival. And when I started forgetting the so-called “rules” of salads, I fell in love.

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My four salad rules

One. I always serve my salads on a large platter. Yotam Ottolenghi always seems to have the most beautiful food, displayed simply on dishes. So I figured: why not do this in my own kitchen? A platter allows the salad greens to be spread out, presented in their full beauty, and not smashed into a bowl.

Top down view of blood orange and wheat berry salad sitting on white platter surrounded by towels and extra oranges on wood surface

Two. I sprinkle all the “extras” on top of the salad so everyone can see what’s in the salad. Nuts, fruits, grains, cheese, and seeds are all way more appetizing when you can actually see them. When tossed into a bowl, many of the weighty extras sink to the bottom. The sprinkle method allows even distribution and some selective serving. You know, for those guests who always want the best helpings.

Three. Hearty greens are essential. I love all types of lettuce and greens, and I think it’s important to try them all. In this wheat berry salad, a mixture of textures and flavors is important. Kale can be tough on its own, so when it’s mixed with spinach and arugula, it loses some of its harsh texture. The strong flavor of kale, the lightness of spinach, and the pepperiness of arugula send your salad game up a notch.

Fork holding pieces of blood orange and wheat berry salad with greens in background

Four. I need something that makes me say, “Oh my!” Wheat berries are the answer. Yeah, these are just what you think: unprocessed wheat. But once cooked, they soften up and retain a slight chew. Bottom line: They have an amazing texture that picks up the bright citrus flavors.

This salad is chocked full of flavor and texture. And if I’m honest, it could totally steal the Easter show away from the ham. Willing to give it a try this holiday? Do it! If you’re like me, you’ll make it once and then decide to make it over and over again!

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Watch how to make this blood orange & wheat berry salad

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Top down view of blood orange and wheat berry salad topped with sunflower seeds and feta cheese on a white serving platter amidst kale and oranges all on a wood surface

Blood Orange & Wheat Berry Salad

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Trust me, this isn’t your mother’s salad! It’s a delicious blood orange, pomegranate, and wheat berry salad that’s chocked full of unique flavors and drizzled with a champagne and blood orange dressing!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings


For the salad

  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 6 oz flat-leaf kale washed and dried with stems removed and chopped
  • 4 oz spinach washed and dried
  • 4 oz arugula washed and dried
  • cup chopped mint leaves
  • 4 scallions finely chopped
  • 1 cup blood orange segments (about 3 blood oranges)
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup feta cheese

For the dressing

  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup blood orange juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


  • Start by cooking the wheat berries. In a large kettle, combine the wheat berries, 3 ½ cups of water, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Cook until the berries are tender, 45-60 minutes. When tender, drain the wheat berries and set them aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, make the dressing. Whisk together the olive oil, blood orange juice, Dijon mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the prepared kale, spinach, arugula, mint, and scallions. The kale acts as a barrier for the spinach and arugula and can sit on the vinaigrette for up to two hours before tossing the greens in the dressing.
  • When ready to serve the salad, toss the greens with the dressing and place on a large platter. Sprinkle with the prepared wheat berries, scallions, pomegranate arils, sunflower seeds, and feta cheese. Do not toss all the toppings as they make a beautiful presentation.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 29.3gProtein: 8.3gFat: 15.7gSaturated Fat: 3.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 8.3mgSodium: 290.4mgFiber: 6.7gSugar: 8.2g
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking

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  1. I just watched this video over on YouTube and I really enjoyed it!! And this recipe just looks so scrumptious!! Thank you so much for putting a link in the video description to your website and the recipe. I am looking forward to looking around and finding more of your wonderful recipes!

    Thank you again!

    All the best, Mary

    1. Thanks so much Mary!! So glad you came to the website. There are so many recipes and resources!! Always leave comments if you have questions. I’m happy to help ☺️

  2. Hello Kaleb!
    I am intrigued with the Blood Orange wheat berry salad…it looks amazing! My problem is that in Ohio, pomegranates are only available around Christmas time. My first look in the frozen fruit section of one grocery store was unsuccessful. I’ll keep looking for other frozen ariels (sp?) but what might be another option if I cannot find them? I did find the blood oranges so far so Yay! Thanks for any help:)