Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries add a chewy texture and substance to this salad. They need a full hour of cooking and can be made ahead of time. Find them among specialty grains in the supermarket or natural food stores.

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Makes:
4 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Cook:
1 hr
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Wheat Berry Salad

Ingredients
2
cups water
1
cup wheat berries
1/2
cup walnuts, chopped
2
stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/3
cup finely chopped parsley
1/3
cup dried tart cherries, chopped
1
small scallion (white and green parts), chopped
2
tablespoons olive oil
4
teaspoons fresh lemon juice
 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4
cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves
1
recipe Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts (see below )
 
Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

  1. In medium-size pot, combine the water and wheat berries. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until tender, about 1 hour. Drain and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a medium-size dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the wheat berries, toasted walnuts, celery, parsley, dried cherries, scallion, olive oil, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. This salad will keep up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  4. To serve, place 1 cup of spinach leaves on each plate. Mound 3/4 cup of the wheat berry salad on top of each serving and top with slices of the Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken Breast. Pass lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

4
skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lb.)
1
teaspoon cumin
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2
teaspoons olive oil
2
tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. Put chicken breast halves between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound lightly with a mallet or rolling pin so it is an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. In a small bowl, combine cumin, salt, and pepper. Rub chicken breasts on both sides with olive oil, then rub the spice mixture on both sides. Coat a grill or nonstick grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until grill marks form and chicken is no longer pink, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat, let rest 5 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice. The chicken will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Wheat Berry Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 367 kcal cal.,
  • 17 g fat
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 44 mg sodium,
  • 51 g carb.,
  • 9 g fiber,
  • 9 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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