Grilled Chicken and Wheat-Berry Salad

Although they require little tending, the wheat berries do require a long cooking time. You may want to boil them on the weekend or the night before. This salad is a great way to get your fill of vegetables, fruits, and protein all at once. The yogurt dressing also provides calcium, which is vital to bone health.
  • Yield: serves 16


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup hard winter wheat berries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, divided
  • 1 cup green apple, peeled and cut into julienne strips
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion


  1. Preheat grill.

  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a simmer; cover and cook for 2 hours, 15 minutes or until wheat berries are almost tender. Drain and place in a bowl; discard bay leaf. Coarsely chop 1 cup spinach leaves. Add chopped spinach, apple, bell pepper, dressing, and mustard to the wheat berries, and toss well.

  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Thinly slice chicken.

  4. Divide remaining spinach evenly among 4 plates. Place 1/2 cup wheat-berry mixture on top of spinach. Arrange chicken evenly over berry mixture; sprinkle with green onions.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories per serving: 332
  • Caloriesfromfat per serving: 31%
  • Fat per serving: 12g
  • Saturated fat per serving: 2g
  • Monounsaturated fat per serving: 6.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.4g
  • Protein per serving: 29g
  • Carbohydrate per serving: 30.1g
  • Fiber per serving: 3g
  • Cholesterol per serving: 63mg
  • Iron per serving: 4mg
  • Sodium per serving: 792mg
  • Calcium per serving: 113mg