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Chicken And Wheat Berry Salad

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup wheat berries see * Note
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar plus
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar plus
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups diced roasted skinless chicken pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly-sliced celery
  • 1 large tart red apple cored, and cut into 1/2" dice
  • 4 cups crisp chilled romaine lettuce thinly sliced, (use inner leaves, halve lengthwise)

Details

Servings 6

Preparation

Step 1

* Note: White wheat berries can be found at health food stores.

Spread almonds on baking sheet and toast in 350 degree oven until light golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside.

Place wheat berries in strainer and rinse with cold water. Put in 2-quart saucepan with 2 1/2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered, until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain well. You should have 2 cups. Set aside.

Place cranberries, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar in small saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil, onion, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Set aside vinaigrette.

Place chicken, celery and apple in large bowl. Add wheat berries and vinaigrette. Toss until well mixed. Taste; adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. (Can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Let rest at room temperature for about 1 hour before serving.)

Toss lettuce with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon vinegar, salt and pepper; this is scant dressing. Arrange lettuce on platter. Toss chicken salad with all but 2 tablespoons almonds. Taste; adjust seasoning. Mound salad in center, leaving some lettuce exposed. Garnish with remaining almonds. Serve.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Each serving: 415 calories; 679 mg sodium; 62 mg cholesterol; 22 grams fat; 31 grams carbohydrates; 27 grams protein; 5.51 grams fiber.

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