Sweet Summer! Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken

Oh, hello lazy days of summer! You’d think that with more time on my hands, I’d be whipping up complicated recipes and teaching myself new cooking techniques. But, I’d much rather spend the free hours with my kids at the pool, on a picnic at the park, or taking that late afternoon yoga class that I could never make during the hectic school year. That’s why dinner needs to be easy, super quick and healthy – and bursting with seasonal yumminess! My recipe for Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken is the perfect solution!

 Loaded with fit and fresh ingredients, this salad makes it from fridge to patio table in less than 10 minutes when the wheat berries and chicken have been pre-prepped. If you’re not familiar with wheat berries, let me make an introduction. This versatile whole grain has a sweet, nutty taste and pleasant chewy texture – wheat berries are also a great source of vitamins, fiber and other essential nutrients. And, when used in a salad, wheat berries sop up the dressing quite nicely! I prepare a big batch of wheat berries and grill a large tray of chicken breasts on Sunday night and reap the benefits of having a healthy, whole grain carb and lean protein on hand for “assembling” a number of easy recipes throughout the week -- including Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken.

 Bursting with flavor and colors, this gorgeous salad is a winner for any summer dinner and especially suited for casual outdoor entertaining! Fresh spinach, raspberries and walnuts round out the list of superfoods in this nutrient-dense salad and a sprinkling of salty feta cheese adds a delicious dimension. Of course, Litehouse Foods makes the perfect dressing to drizzle on top – Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette!

 If you are eating lunch at the pool or park (or, even chained to your desk), this entrée salad packs easily in a canning jar and then into your cooler or lunchbox! Just layer the wheat berries and dressing at the bottom and layer up with the remainder of fresh ingredients – when ready to eat, just shake, shake, shake! Pour the salad out on a plate or eat straight from the jar. Enjoy! 

Raspberry Walnut Wheat Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken

Serves 4 | Finish in 10 minutes
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Squeeze a few more minutes out of pool or park time with this super quick, super healthy entrée salad. Lean protein, whole grains and fresh summer produce make this salad equally gorgeous and good for you.

Ingredients

1 cup cooked wheat berries cold or at room temperature
½ cup Litehouse® Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette (divided)
1 5 to 6 oz. bag fresh baby spinach
12 oz. grilled chicken breast, sliced
1/3 cup chopped green onions (bulbs and tops)
1 pint fresh raspberries
½ cup walnut halves or pieces
2 oz. Simply Artisan Reserve Feta Cheese Crumbles

Directions

1. In small bowl, mix together the cooked wheat berries with ¼ cup of Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette. Set aside.

2. Add spinach to large bowl. Toss with dressed wheat berries, grilled chicken strips, green onions, raspberries, walnuts and feta. Serve with remaining ¼ cup dressing.


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