Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Barley Salad with Kalamata Olives and Tomatoes
I found this recipe in the Real Food Daily cookbook by Ann Gentry. I highly recommend the book - it is packed full of amazing, inspiring cooking ideas...
This was my first experience working with barley, which is a great source of fiber and protein and is super simple to prepare. This salad is full of so many fresh, delicious ingredients. It is good warm, room temperature, or cold, and you can literally feel yourself getting healthier as you eat it.
In the book it is called "Athena Barley with Kalamata Olives and Tomatoes"
3 cups water
2 cups pearl barley
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3-4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
3/4 cup diced red onion
3/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2/3 cup finely chopped green onions
3 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
The barley part is mad simple - put the barley and water with salt on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or so. It will absorb the water and become nice and fluffy.
After the barley begins simmering, get to work on chopping and dicing, as there is quite a bit of prep needed the get the other ingredients ready. I put the red and green onions together in a bowl, the dill and parsley together, and kept the tomatoes and olives on the cutting board.
Once the barley is cooked, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano, and pour the blend over the barley and toss to coat well. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, mixing together as you go. Grind some black pepper over the top of everything and mix, and it's finished! I found the barley to be nicely salted from the water I prepared it in, but you may wish to add some salt.
The lemon/olive oil/oregano vinaigrette and the fresh herbs and veggies make this a perfect, fresh side dish. Enjoy... And get the book!