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Salad of Warm Vegetables with Lemon Vinaigrette

The vegetables for this light supper salad are added to the pot gradually so that they finish cooking at the same time.


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¼ cup olive oil
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2 Tbs. lemon juice
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1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
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1 tsp. honey
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½ tsp. Dijon mustard

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1 ¾ cups mushroom broth or low-sodium vegetable broth
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¾ cup pearl barley
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1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
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¼ lb. green beans, trimmed (1 cup)
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¼ lb. baby carrots, halved lengthwise (1 cup)
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¼ lb. asparagus (6–7 spears), trimmed, or 1 small zucchini, cut in 3/8-inch rounds
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¼ lb. sugar snap peas, strings removed (1 cup)
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8–10 small romaine lettuce leaves, torn


1. To make Dressing: Whisk together all ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.

2. To make Salad: Bring broth and barley to a boil over medium heat in small saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 30 to 35 minutes, or until broth is absorbed and barley is tender. Transfer to bowl, and keep warm.

3. Bring 2 inches salted water to a boil in wide (9-inch diameter) pot over medium heat. Add fennel, and bring to a gentle simmer. (Small bubbles should break surface of water around edges, not bubble up from bottom of pot.) Reduce heat to low, and poach 3 minutes. Add green beans and carrots, and poach 
1 minute. Add asparagus and snap peas, and poach 3 minutes more. Transfer vegetables to colander with slotted spoon. Refresh under cool running water 30 seconds.

4. Arrange lettuce leaves on each of 4 salad plates. Scoop heaping 1/2 cup barley in center, and arrange warm vegetables around it. Drizzle each serving with 1 Tbs. Dressing.

Nutrition Information: 

6 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
43 g
0 mg
374 mg
10 g
6 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

this was delish! i didnt have asparagus, fennel or peas but made it anyways, and threw on some pine nuts!

I would like to know if you have this page in spanish

I imagine buckwheat or cous cous to be substituted easily for the barley ass well.

I left out the fennel for broccoli, and roasted my vegetables instead. Yum!