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Lemon Grain Salad with Kale Pesto

With so much flavour, you won’t even realise you’re eating healthy grains.

Lemon Grain Salad with Kale Pesto


  • 160 g (1 cup) pearl barley, cooked, cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 150 ml (½ cup + 2 Tablespoons) olive oil
  • 70 g (½ cup) dried currants
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, chopped
  • 175 g (2½ cup) kale, stems removed, torn into pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In a small skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the currants and shallot and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the shallot is golden, about 3 minutes. Scrape into the barley and add the pine nuts.
  2. Place kale and lemon juice into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 4.
  4. Turn machine on and off 8 to 10 times to chop the kale, using the tamper if needed to push the ingredients into the blades.
  5. Select Variable 1.
  6. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 8.
  7. Remove lid plug and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Replace lid plug.
  8. Blend for 15 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  9. Toss with the barley mixture and serve.

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