I made this the other day for a potluck, literally by throwing everything I had in a bowl. I always love the taste of barley in a salad and think it adds such a delicious texture and taste.
Health benefits: This salad is very high in fibre which will help lower your cholesterol, keep blood sugar stable, and help with weight loss. It's also protein-packed which is wonderful for you veggies & vegans out there. Nutrient-wise, it's high in b-vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and a handful of other trace minerals.
Have on it's own or on a bed of mixed greens or baby spinach. SO GOOD.
Black beans, cooked, drained, and rinsed
Hulled barley, cooked
Quinoa, rinsed and cooked
Finely chopped red pepper, green onion, green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, roasted sweet potato, avocado, etc (whatever veggies you like/have on hand!). Make it colourful!
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice (the real kind, not from a plastic lime)
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp each: cumin, sea salt, pepper
Optional: dash of cayenne for a kick
Toss all ingredients in a bowl. This recipe makes a whole lot as it's great for leftover salads and snacks.