Mixed grain, poached chicken & broad bean salad

Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Serves 6


1 large skinless chicken breast, around 350g
100g Mount Zero Biodynamic Pearl Barley
100g Mount Zero Cracked Freekeh
100g Mount Zero Organic Australian Quinoa
700g broad beans
Large handful each of mint, dill and parsley
65g (1/3 cup) Mount Zero Green Manzanilla Olives, stones removed, roughly chopped
2 radishes, finely sliced
50g walnuts, lightly toasted, roughly chopped


60ml (1/4 cup) Mount Zero Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Mount Zero Verjus
Juice of 2 lemons
1 clove of garlic, finely grated
Mount Zero Pink Lake Salt


Place the chicken breast in a medium pot and cover with plenty of cold water. Season well with salt and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to completely cool in the cooking liquid. Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, cook the pearled barley & cracked freekeh in a pot of boiling water until tender, around 15-20 minutes. Drain and set aside 

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly and cook in a pot of boiling water until tender, around 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

Pod the broad beans and blanch them in a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Run the beans under cold water and then remove the tough outer skin. Place the now double podded beans in a large bowl along with the cooked and cooled barley, quinoa and millet. Shred the chicken and add to the bowl along with the mint, dill, parsley, olives, radishes and walnuts. Mix so that everything is well incorporated.

For the dressing, whisk all of the ingredients together, season with salt, check for acidity, adding more lemon if needed. Drizzle over the salad, toss to coat and serve. 

"This salad is a complete meal and a great salad to make ahead of time for lunches. The dressing is lemony, vibrant and wonderfully fresh. You can vary the grains, depending on your preference or what you have in your cupboard – just be sure to adjust cooking times accordingly." - Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Recipe Ingredients from the Mount Zero Range