Barley Salad with Pea Pods and Lemon Dressing

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Avoid last-minute fuss by preparing the dressing and all the components up to 2 days in advance; toss together just before serving. Or save time with quick-cooking barley: In step 2, use 1 1/2 cups barley, 2 1/2 cups water and 1/4 tsp. salt; bring to a boil, and cook, covered, 10 to 12 minutes.

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Ingredients

Dressing

  • 2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped shallots
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Salad

  • 1 cup pearl barley, rinsed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar snow peas or snap peas, stems and strings removed
  • 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup grated carrots (3 to 4 medium)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. To make Dressing: Combine all ingredients except olive oil in bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Set aside.
  2. To make Salad: Mix barley, 2 1/2 cups water and salt in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook, covered, 40 to 45 minutes, or until barley is tender and most liquid is absorbed. Transfer to large bowl, and let cool, fluffing to prevent sticking.
  3. Cut peas in half on diagonal. Cook in large saucepan of lightly salted water, or steam them until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain, and refresh under cold running water.
  4. Add red pepper, carrots, parsley, chives and peas to barley; toss to mix. Drizzle with dressing, and toss well.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 6
  • Calories: 190
  • Carbohydrate Content: 24 g
  • Fat Content: 9 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 230 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g