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Honey Dijon Chicken Salad
with barley / plums / walnuts

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

The unique summer-inspired flavors of this entree salad make it one that we are already turning to again and again in these warmer months.
Smarts: Everything in these salads can be prepped ahead and served at room temperature, so they make great leftovers or mason jar salads to pack for lunch!



Honey Dijon Vinaigrette:
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 5 Tbsp
Honey Dijon Chicken Salad:
  • Barley, hulled and uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Green beans - 1 lb, 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
  • Plums - 2, chopped (sub peaches or apricots)
  • Salad greens, any type - 8 oz, chopped
  • Walnuts, halves or pieces - 2 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey Dijon Vinaigrette (ingredients listed separately) - 2 Tbsp + 6 Tbsp
  • Cheese, blue - 4 oz (opt; sub feta or goat cheese)

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Barley - (Skip if barley was made ahead for Wednesday.) Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt water generously and add barley. Simmer for 45 to 55 minutes until tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together mustard, honey, and vinegar. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Green beans - Chop green beans. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cook green beans - Place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a wet paper towel and microwave until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Chicken - Slice into cubes. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Plums / Salad greens - Chop plums. Chop greens (if you bought salad greens that need to be chopped).


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts to dry skillet and saute until golden brown and fragrant, ~5 minutes. Set walnuts aside and return skillet to heat.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and add cooking oil. To heated oil, add chicken and saute until nearly cooked through, ~4 minutes. Add first part of vinaigrette and simmer until chicken is cooked through and vinaigrette cooks down, ~2 minutes more.
  3. Assemble salads by creating a bed of lettuce in each serving bowl. Top with green beans, barley, plums, chicken, walnuts, and crumbled cheese. Finish with second part of vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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This meal has 21 reviews

This was a nice light meal, but no real fireworks.

By: Jenna
Posted: Aug 18, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

The flavor combination was odd but it worked. It was refreshing after several heavy meals in a row.

By: Sara
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original

This was incredibly tasty, healthy and easy to make. To speed up the prep, I used a microwavable pouch of mixed barley and pulses. Absolutely delicious!!

By: Laura
Posted: Jul 08, 2019
Diet: Original

Loved this! So good, green beans seemed strange but I cooked them and then chilled them, delicious!

By: Erin
Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Great combination of flavors and textures! Marking this one as a favorite. 👍🏻

By: Judy
Posted: Jul 02, 2019
Diet: Original

This was a great make-ahead meal, and a pretty refreshing dinner for a hot summer day. It's a bit high calorie compared to salads I usually make, but I didn't want to leave anything out so I just went for it. :)

By: Melissa
Posted: Jun 29, 2019
Diet: Original