Barley, Snow Pea and Lemon Salad

    1 hour 15 minutes

    As this delightful, colourful salad attests, pearl barley isn't just for soups. To turn this into a main-course salad, just add some diced cooked chicken, salmon or tofu.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 2 shallots, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • SALAD
    • 1 cup pearl barley
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 170g snow peas or sugar snap peas, trimmed
    • 1 medium red capsicum (sweet pepper), seeded and diced
    • 1 large carrot, grated
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. To make the dressing: whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, shallots, garlic and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil.
    2. To make the salad: place barley and water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until barley is tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool, fluffing with a fork occasionally to prevent sticking.
    3. Cut snow peas in half on the diagonal. Cook peas in a large saucepan of water or steam them until just tender, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and cool in iced water.
    4. Add snow peas, capsicum, carrot, parsley and chives to barley. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat well. To make ahead, prepare dressing and salad and refrigerate in separate covered containers for up to 1 day. Toss salad with dressing shortly before serving.

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