Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Salad of Barley - think pasta

Here is a salad that should trip your trigger! If you want to bring a substantial salad (this is like a pasta salad but with a grain) to a summer party, try this one! It is full of whole grain fiber and lacks the bleached emptiness of pasta.
It is also full of filling foods!

2 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley

Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add barley; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
2 cups finely chopped seeded tomato
1 cup thinly sliced spinach
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup diced mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped pepperoncini peppers
2 teaspoons dry oregano or basil

Drizzle the oil over the drained barley and mix completely. Combine the juice, oregano, pepper and salt in large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add barley, tomato, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to coat.

Serves 5 - 2 points each.