Sunday, July 5, 2009

Barley Salad Vinaigrette

This being July 4th weekend, there are a lot of pot luck parties going on. I've found it very difficult to eat a balanced meal at this kind of party, with available dishes loaded with heavy fats and proteins, or an abundance of desserts. This barley salad tastes great and is loaded with fiber.

Barley Salad Vinaigrette
Serves 4

2 C cooked pearled barley, cooled
1/2 C seeded and diced cucumber
1/4 C each diced red pepper and scallion
2 T chopped radish
1 T each chopped parsley and dill
2 T red vinegar
4 tsp olive oil
1 T water
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
4 C shredded lettuce

In medium bowl, combine barley, cucumber, bell pepper, scallion, radish, parsley and dill. Set aside.

In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients except the lettuce. Stir well. Pour over barley mixture. Toss to coat. Serve over lettuce.

This is sure to be a big hit at your next potluck: not only tasty, but good for you and pretty to look at on the plate. Enjoy!

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  1. Would go well with my portobellos!

  2. Yum! That looks very delicious and the ingredients are so good for you, too! I like Snaps idea of portobellos as a dish paired with it...I LOVE mushrooms! :)

  3. Hello Kate,

    This is such an awesome shot of your food that I want to eat it right now!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  4. you're the only person i know who can not only make barley taste good....but also look good! and yes, i'm one of those people at the pot luck who doesn't necessarily complain that there are too many desserts on the table! :)