Chicken and Wheat Berry Chopped Salad

It’s self-care Sunday!

Self-care can show up in all kinds of ways. A sunny walk, a visit with a friend, an energizing workout, a nourishing meal, an hour with a great book, or maybe just five minutes of quiet time.

This ‘Chicken & Wheat Berry Chopped Salad” is everything I love in an entree salad and a delicious, gentle reminder that good nutrition is good self-care, too!

Refreshing greens, vibrant veggies alongside a hearty grain and satisfying complete protein all show their value in this nourishing, self-care-on-a-plate salad.

Here’s how you make it!

Mother's Day - Self-care Salad

Chicken and Wheat Berry Chopped Salad


  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 900 ml low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 5-6 radishes, sliced
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds


  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Place the wheat berries and chicken broth in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Simmer for 35-45 minutes until tender. Strain the wheat berries and let them cool to room temperature.
  2. Make the salad. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl, gently tossing to combine.
  3. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a skillet or grill to medium-high heat, grill chicken for about 5-8 minutes per side. Let rest for 2 minutes before slicing.
  5. To the salad, add the chicken and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Self-care is about nourishment of the body, mind and spirit. So whatever you’re mixing up…keep that in mind, and do what you can, when you can. We all need it.

“What’s your favourite food for a little extra self-care?”

Special thanks to our friends at Alberta Chicken Producers for helping make this post & recipe possible and for supporting the GetJoyfull movement.

Happy Sunday, everyone.



Emily Mardell is a Registered Dietitian, busy mama of three and proud Alberta foodie. Emily is passionate about quality ingredients and creating delicious, nourishing recipes that bring families together. Follow her at for nutrition advice and tips to grow food joy and fill up on family time. 

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