Lemon Grain Salad with Kale Pesto
With so much flavor, you won’t even realize you’re eating healthy grains.
- 1 cup (160 g) pearl barley, uncooked
- 2 Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- ½ cup (120 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup (70 g) dried currants
- 2 (40 g) small shallots, peeled, chopped
- 6 cups (180 g) kale, stemmed, roughly chopped, packed
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, optional
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, optional
- Cook barley according to package directions. Allow to cool.
- In a medium skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the currants and shallot and cook over moderate heat for about 3 minutes or until the shallot is golden, stirring often. Add the barely and add the pine nuts.
- Place kale, lemon juice and remaining olive oil into the Vitamix container and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to its highest speed.
- Blend for 30 seconds, using the tamper as necessary to press the ingredients toward the blades. Toss with the barley mixture and serve.
|Serving Size||1 serving (126 g)|
|Amount Per Servings|
|Total Fat||21 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||28 g|
|Dietary Fiber||4 g|
Lemon Grain Salad with Kale Pesto is rated out of 5 by 2.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Herbie Lady from Not a Repeat I love grain dishes but once was enough for this recipe. My salad turned out green enough for a St. Patrick's day dish, maybe because I blended the kale pesto too long? My dressing was closer to a true pesto consistency but by the photo, now I realize that truly only 30 seconds was needed to make the dressing! There was way too much dressing for the amount of cooked barley and while I like barley, in this recipe, for me, this barley was just too soft. I like more "tooth" to grains in salads. I added garlic and cayenne for more flavor, which was a good thing. The salad was simple and fast to make and the taste was great. But--one time to try try it out was enough!
Date published: 2021-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by Lenn from Instructions must be wrong! The same thing happened to me that happened to the other person who reviewed this recipe. Unfortunately I didn't see it until it was too late. I followed exactly starting on the lowest speed and even one second on high made it like pesto. My barley was so green my husband wasn't sure he could eat it! The picture in the recipe above is not green at all.
Date published: 2021-02-24