Barley is an ancient grain and a good source of fiber. It also supplies trace minerals such as zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and iron, plus some B vitamins. Barley commonly appears in soups but its chewy texture makes it a wonderful addition to pilafs and salads.
Citrus Barley Salad
3 cups cooked barley
1 red pepper, diced
1 English cucumber, diced
1 medium red onion, diced,
2 stalks celery, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup broccoli florets
1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi
salt and freshly ground pepper
In a large bowl, combine the barley with all of the vegetables and chopped herbs. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss until vegetables are well-coated with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!