Photo: Squire Fox; Styling: Carla Gonzales-Hart
Hands-on Time
28 Mins
Total Time
28 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

What a fantastic combo! If you can't find fresh cherries, add 1/4 cup boiling water to 1/4 cup dried cherries. Let stand 10 minutes; drain and chop.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 1/2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add wheat berries, nuts, and chicken; toss.

Step 2

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme; cook 3 minutes or until tender. Add to wheat berry mixture; toss. Stir in cherries and arugula; toss. Sprinkle with cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

great lunch salad

June 16, 2016
Doesn't get any better than this.  Really delicious.  Great at room temperature or chilled.  I often will make ahead and bring for lunch.  Rotisserie chicken works great, or I'll just grill some up.  

bookworm1967's Review

January 06, 2015

KristinD's Review

October 25, 2014
This is delicious. Amazing flavor and great contrasting textures.

ACHamner's Review

September 22, 2014

SoleilVA's Review

August 29, 2014
Good - worth making! Interesting flavor combination - particularly good when you get a little of each ingredient in one bite. I poached my chicken breast with salt, peppercorns, and a sprig of thyme, but would have used leftover roasted chicken, if I had any, to reduce prep time. I've made this twice; used pine nuts instead of pecans the second time and they worked very well. Also reduced the oil in the dressing to 2 T; kept vinegar the same. The instructions could use some detail about cooling ingredients; I let the mixture cool to room temp before adding arugula so it it wouldn't wilt completely; and I added the toasted nuts at the end to maintain their crunch. Eating the pine nuts version right now and enjoying it very much!

soonerjen's Review

August 23, 2014
Might want to clarify that the shredded chicken breast should be cooked.

Abergmann's Review

August 17, 2014