Recipe Time: Summer Barley Salad

This was a really tasty recipe, really perfect for summer lunches or for a side with dinner.  (Cooking Light cites it as a vegetarian main course, but I like a bit of meat with my grains.  So there.)  I loved it, I ate it for about 5 lunches and 3 dinners and Chris had some, too…and we still have more in our fridge.  It’s never-ending.  I think the ratio of barley to other stuff is also off.  So, I’m adjusting the amounts some in the recipe.  Here’s the recipe with my new-and-improved figurings. For those who are purists, or those who don’t want to deal with my guesswork, the original recipe can be found here.
Summer Barley Salad
  • 3/4  cups  uncooked pearl barley
  • 1 to 1 1/2  cup  fresh corn kernels (3 ears)
  • 1  cup  diced seeded plum tomato (about 2 small)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped green onions
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 20  kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 3  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4  cup  (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

1. Cook barley according to package directions, omitting salt. (If you haven’t cooked barley before, like me, take note: this step will take you about 45 minutes!)  Drain and rinse with cold water. Cool completely.

2. Combine barley, corn, and next 4 ingredients (through kalamata olives) in a bowl. Combine juice and next 4 ingredients (through garlic), stirring well with a whisk; drizzle over barley mixture. Toss to coat.  (This dressing was good, but the flavor barely came through.  Next time I might try to double the dressing amount…)

3. The recipe says to sprinkle with cheese and serve.  I preferred to sprinkle a little bit of cheese over each individual serving portion.  I probably used more than 3/4 cup total, but I think it’s the way to go.

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One response

  1. WOW!!! The pictures make me want to come to your house for dinner……right now!
    The fresh food looks super delicious. You should do this for a living, cooking and great photographs!
    ‘ gosh you’re good! =) ….and I’m not just saying that ‘cuz I’m your mom. =)

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