Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cucumber and Barley Salad

Last night I was craving a vegetable salad without lattice. I gathered all the vegetables I wanted in the salad and then I thought I needed to make it hardy. First I thought about putting grilled chicken in it but I didn't have any defrosted. I was looking through my can items and found some chick peas, which I love. Then I saw the pearl barley. Perfect! These two items will make the salad not only hardy but full of protein and fiber.
Salad ingredients:
1 large Cucumber
1 cup diced Green bell pepper
1 cup diced Vidalia onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh Parsley, two tablespoons for dressing
2 cups of Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
1 can Chick Peas
2 cups of cooked Pearl Barley
Garlic and Butter Croutons
6 oz. Tomato Basil Feta Cheese, 2 oz. for the salad dressing
2 cloves of chopped Garlic, 1 clove for the salad dressing

Add all ingredients together in a large bowl except for the Feta Cheese and croutons.   Add them when you are ready to serve the salad. 
Pearl Barley, Cook according to the direction on the package. Let cool before adding the vegetables.
Salad Dressing:
1 clove of chopped Garlic
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
2 oz. Tomato Basil Feta Cheese
1 tea. salt
1 tea. pepper
½ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ cup of water.
Mix all ingredients together until it is creamy.

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