4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups salad and about 4 teaspoons nuts)
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
2 1/4 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 small bulb)
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
8 pitted kalamata olives, halved
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
How to Make It
Bring 2 1/4 cups water and barley to a boil in a saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 minutes or until tender and liquid is almost absorbed. Cool to room temperature.
Combine lemon rind, lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard in a bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add barley, fennel, and next 6 ingredients (through beans); toss gently. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Garnish with walnuts just before serving.
This was delicious, and I'll definitely make it again. I substituted crisp cucumber slices for the raw fennel because of allergies, and I used slightly less barley. Next time I'll serve cups of tomato basil soup with the salad.
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