Honey Dijon Chicken Saladwith barley / plums / walnuts
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!
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, olive - 5 Tbsp
- 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)
- 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)
- Make vinaigrette - Whisk together mustard, honey, and vinegar. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Green beans - Chop green beans. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- 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)
- Chicken - Slice into cubes. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Plums / Salad greens - Chop plums. Chop greens (if you bought salad greens that need to be chopped).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Skipped the cheese to make it vegan! I liked how the lentils taste cooked in the dressing, definitely have to do that again!0 Helpful
Really yummy summer salad!0 Helpful
Delicious and loved that I could do most of it ahead of time, was great for lunch the next day too. Used feta and plums. I could have done without the plums but my hubby liked the flavor it added. Our toddler gobbled up the chicken, barley, and lentils. I loved that this was easy to make the meat version for my family and a veggie version for me.0 Helpful
I really liked this! I used peaches and that was for sure the right choice -- lots of great complimentary flavors. I'd probably leave out the green beans next time though -- there were a lot of good flavors going on in this dish but the green beans didn't really add much and it felt like one too many ingredient.0 Helpful
We loved this recipe! It was so refreshing and delicious. I used plums, which were pretty good. I will definitely try it again when I can get my hands on some peaches, they aren’t quite in season yet.0 Helpful
Not bad. I think I overcooked the barley - my husband said "it's strange to have oatmeal on a salad" so next time I'd choose a different grain or rice or pasta - maybe orzo? Also, the dressing needed more acid - maybe just a bit more vinegar or a squeeze of lemon. I skipped the cheese because I don't care for blue, feta or goat cheese and couldn't think of a substitution.0 Helpful