Great vegetarian meal. Followed recipe as written; no alterations (like to follow new recipes on the 1st attempt). If short on time, I advise cooking the barely the day before or on another day (40-50 min. to cook). A little confused on serving temperature; warm, room temp. Or cold???
I make this often & we all love it. I've never made it with barley, just basmati rice, and I'd like to try it with quinoa one of these times. I think the arugula & crushed red pepper are a must. I leave out the pistachio due to an allergy.
The stars on this are a bit misleading--I highly recommend this recipe. It lends itself to substitutions and whims based on what you have on hand. It's a great weeknight meal that comes together quick and is also healthy. I substituted white beans for chickpeas; cooked the barley in 2 cups chicken stock and 1 cup water; added fresh oregano and a good-sized shallot; doubled the arugula; and forgot the crushed red pepper :( I will definitely add this to the regular rotation.
Made this recipe without arugula or pistachios. It was delicious. BTW, we used organic farro in place of barley because that's what was in in the pantry. Could also substitue bulgur or whole wheat couscous. Served it with a tossed romaine veggie salad with a yogurt parmesan dressing and herb rubbed organic park chops on the grill. Why do we go to restaurants when CL can guide us into a world of healthy and luscious food?
I was making this salad late at night after a long day and forgot to whisk the oil into the dressing (I remembered after the fact and wound up just drizzling it over the top instead)--- this did not seem to impair the results in any way. Yum! I made the barley in my rice cooker over the weekend (2 cups + 2 T water to 1 cup barley on the brown rice setting) and it came out perfectly. I used sundried tomatoes in oil since that is what I had on hand. Since I am bringing this for lunch this week, I packed the arugula and the salad separately so the arugula wouldn't get soggy overnight. This makes a really satisfying bagged lunch, especially when paired with a piece of fruit and some crackers.