This incredibly simple salad is lovely. Yotam Ottolenghi makes amazing salads – this is another one from Plenty.
Simply prepare some pearl barley (boil it until it is tender and has a little bite to it) and then drain and cool under the tap. When it is done throw in some pomegranate seeds, diced celery, coriander, dill and a dressing. Couldn’t be easier than that. If you buy untrimmed celery, keep the celery tops (the leaves) and add them at the end too.
You could probably make this in less than 30 minutes.
I knocked this up in next to no time and it really tastes so fresh, crunchy and filling. I only made this to keep us going while I made something else – but turns out I needn’t have bothered. I was surprised at how full I was after only one bowl. Plenty of leftovers meant we had it for lunch at work the next day too.
As a child I thought pearl barley was something cheap you used to pad out a stew. How things have changed. It crops up in many of Ottolenghi’s dishes – and other Middle Eastern themed cookbooks.
It’s another great substitute for rice (much like freekeh) and has five times as much protein.
I usually have all the ingredients for this knocking about – so I’ll be sure to make this again