Char-grilled chicken, grape and almond barley salad with Vino Cotto raisins
The sweet Vino Cotto raisins are delicious in this super-easy and healthy pearl barley salad with it’s nutty gourmet crunch. Love the different textures this salad has to offer. The chicken tenderloins are not only healthy but they cook in next to no time, so they’re perfect for getting dinner on the table fast.
90gm raisins, washed
80mls Vino Cotto
1 cup pearl barley or pearl wheat, washed*
1 bay leaf
¾ cup almonds, roasted, coarsely chopped
½ cup parsley leaves, washed
¾ cup dark-skin grapes, washed and halved lengthways
300ml extra virgin olive oil
400gms chicken tenderloins
a few sprigs of thyme
1 garlic, sliced
Place chicken in a bowl, add thyme, garlic and olive oil. Season chicken and toss well. Place in refrigeration.
Soak raisins in a bowl with Vino Cotto and set aside for 20 minutes.
Place barley in a saucepan with 2 cups of water, bay leaf and 1 tsp of salt. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until barley is cooked or puffed up, approx.. 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. May need to add more water as it absorbs.
In the meantime, place the cut grapes in a bowl and add the verjuice, stir, set aside.
Drain cooked barley and place on a plate, drizzle with olive oil, mix through and allow to cool at room temperature.
Transfer cooled barley to a bowl and add raisins, almonds, parsley and a few cut grapes. Add any remaining Vino Cotto from the raisin’s bowl to the salad. Mix thoroughly and season to taste. Add more olive oil if required.
Preheat a char-grill over high heat. Brush with little oil. Grill chicken for 3-4 minutes, on each side, until lightly browned and cooked through. Set aside to rest.
Just prior to serving, place barley salad in a serving plate, add chicken and top with grapes. Drizzle with extra olive oil and little Vino Cotto.
* May need to adjust cooking time depending on barley used