Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Barley and Corn Salad with Arugula and Green Beans

 Barley and Corn Salad with Arugula and Green Beans

Thanks to Mel for putting this together over at  The Larson Lingo
My contribution is a salad I make several times a year- it is hardy- it is a meal in itself and I hope you enjoy!  Please share your favorite salad recipes with me- I would be most grateful!

2/3 cup pearl barley
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 large ear)
4 large bunches arugula (about 4 ounces total)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 3 1/2-ounce package soft fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet), crumbled

Cook barley in medium saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain; cool. Transfer to large bowl.

Cook beans in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain. Transfer beans to bowl of ice water to cool. Drain well. Pat beans dry with paper towels. Cut half of beans into 2-inch pieces. Transfer to bowl with barley. Mix in corn kernels. Coarsely chop 2 bunches arugula; add to bowl with barley mixture.

Whisk olive oil, vinegar, shallots, thyme and Dijon mustard in small bowl to blend. Pour enough dressing over barley mixture to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange remaining 2 bunches arugula around edge of large platter. Arrange remaining whole beans in spoke pattern atop arugula. Mound salad in center of platter. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Drizzle any remaining dressing over arugula and beans and serve.


TheUnSoccerMom said...

I've NEVER cooked w/ barley... looks really good though!

Angee said...

Looks good. I'm putting on our list of salads to try. Visiting from the Summer Salad Swap.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

This looks so yummy, Holly! I would have never put this combo together, can't wait to try it! Thanks for linking up!

Michele said...

Stopping by from the Larson Lingo :) This looks delicious! I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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