You can use most types of barley for this veggie-loaded grain salad--hulled, pearled (which will cook the quickest) or hull-less. Serve this salad as a side for grilled chicken, topped with grilled shrimp or as an impressive potluck dish. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018

Nora Singley


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  • Combine water and barley in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Drain, if necessary, and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Meanwhile, position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.

  • Broil peppers on a baking sheet, turning occasionally, until blackened and blistered, 8 to 12 minutes total. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 10 minutes. Remove and discard skins, cores and seeds. Transfer the peppers to a food processor. Add 7 tablespoons oil, almonds, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, paprika and pepper; process until pureed.

  • Place bok choy on the baking sheet, cut-side up. Brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Broil until starting to brown in spots, 5 to 8 minutes. Add to the barley, along with peas, onion, mint and the romesco sauce; stir to combine. Arrange on a platter and serve topped with radishes.


To make ahead: Refrigerate romesco (Step 3) for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; total fat 17g 26% DV; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 263mg 11% DV; potassium 362mg 10% DV; carbohydrates 22.2g 7% DV; fiber 6.4g 26% DV; sugar 5g; protein 5.3g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 2730IU; vitamin c 54mg; folate 39mcg; calcium 81mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 50mg; added sugar 1g.