Thursday, April 8, 2010

Barley & Veggie Salad with Greek dressing

Today I'll share a quick salad recipe with Greek yogurt dressing just perfect for summer. In summer during daytime, I don't feel like eating, I kind of loose my appetite (which happens to many people), during that time a simple cold salad what I prefer to indulge, which is healthy as well as yummy. To make this salad nutritious and filling for me, I used cooked barley and well soaked green beans and veges on a bed of lettuce with chilled yogurt dressing. Yummmmmyyyy.....

Ingredients : (serves 2-3 persons)
Cooked pearl barley : 1 cup
Green beans : 1 cup(soaked overnight)
Carrots : 1
Red beets : 1
Cucumber : 1
Small radishes : few
Tomato : 1
Fresh parsley(finely chopped)

For dressing :
Greek Yogurt : 1/3 cup ( or normal yogurt will also do)
Juice of 1 lemon
Honey : 1 tblsp.
Olive oil(prefered)/vegetable oil : 2 tblsp.
Garlic : 1 clove(big-grated)
Salt and ground Black pepper to taste

Method :
  • To cook the barley, boil some water, add barley and little salt. Cook in reduced heat until barley in tender(it takes about 30-45 minutes average).
  • Soak green beans in enough water overnight. Don't need to boil.
  • To make the dressing : In a bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, yogurt, garlic and little salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
  • Assembling the salad : cut all the veggies into bite size pieces. Before serving, in a big bowl, add the veggies, cooked barley and soaked green beans. Add chilled yogurt dressing. Mix and finally sprinkle chopped parsley. Season with salt and black pepper if needed.
  • Serve.......................
Sending this to Usha's Healthy Inspiration - Salad event
and to my event "Spotlight : Summer food & drinks",
and to Madhuri of Cook-curry Nook on her event "Serve me some - Salad"


sayantani said...

barley ebhabe kakhano khaini. dekhte ki refreshing salad ta. greek yogurt dressing er idea to light eta try korbo.

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks delicious..

Tina said...

Healthy salad...

shanthi said...

healthy and multi coloured.

Kamalika said...

A new way to have barley....seems very healthy and nutritious....gonna try it....

Subhashini said...

Hi Indrani
First time here.Very nice blog and recipes.I would love to follow you.

Priya said...

Am damn sure that making salad with barley sounds prefect to enjoy..lovely and delicious salad Indrani..

An Open Book said...

Hi Indrani,
I received a mail from your email id saying you were in england and you needed money cos you misplaced your wallet etc etc...which i am assuming is a scam. Just wanted to let you know there is an email floating around. The name sounded familiar and I have come across your blog a few times, and so thought id let you know. Shall forward the email to pass me a reliable email id..i got the mail from this is id


Indrani said...

This is Indrani from Appyayan
My email id( has been hacked least I get to know it today..if you get any suspicious message fro this id pl. don't response..I'm so sorry about that..I can't access my email account and blogger account too... said...

The salad looks very healthy and refreshing.My 1st visit here following your blog.

Tulip said...

I came here to let u know the same thing about the mail !! I too thought its a scam - as it was kind of absurd and dint sound like u, but still wanted to double-check. ki scary-eishob hacking khub baaje jinish !! sabdhane theko.

Parita said...

Love the dressing!

Mandira said...

the salad looks delicious. Shubho naba barsha to you and your family.

TD said...

Hi Indrani!
I recently purchased some whole wheat barley to make this recipe. But now I am unsure whether that is the same kind you have used here. I didn't see any "pearl barley" labels at my grocery store. Can you please clarify if your recipe will work with wheat barley?
You have a great blog! And I hope you manage to sort out your email scam issues soon.

Indrani said...

off course, that will work, TD..pearl barley is hull-less and much easier to cook, and whole wheat barley, I think is partially hull removed and much healthier than pearl barley and it may take much longer to cook than pearl should go ahead and try with that, I think and let me know how it has turned out

sayantani said...

Naba barsher anek shubhechha Indrani. tin puchke ke nie tomader jibon anonde bhore uthuk.

Pavithra Srihari said...

looks awesome

ARUNA said...

looks fantastic!!!

ruchikacooks said...

Thanks Indrani! Salad looks delish!

I have posted a yogurt drink long time ago, just dont want to repost it, will make something fresh and send it..B4 may 2nd!

Atleast I can get creative if I want to post something new, else I will post only buttermilk :)

Usha said...

This is such a wonderful salad, very wholesome and inviting ! Thanks for sharing it with the Healthy Inspirations event...

shahana said...

so yummy salad

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Indrani
Kyamon achho? I am back home and here after a long time and feel good that I did not miss much as you have not posted many recipes.
Let me see what all great recipes I have missed.
bhalo theko

Soma Pradhan said...

This is a nice recipe

Uma said...

looks so healthy and delicious.

Sharmila said...

Indrani koi? :-)
Tomar mail hack hoyeche bole mail korlam na ... oi id theke ekta odbhut mail peye e bujhechi ota geche.
Shob bhalo toh? Just wondering. Take care. :-)

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Torviewtoronto said...

delicious salad

Soma said...

Happy Diwali to you Indrani and all of your family. blog hop kora praye chereyi dieychi. hardly get time

hope u have a good one.


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Erika said...

Love it. Happy new year to you, and a great 2011 to all!

Chitra said...

Delicious salad :)

Suparna said...

Hi Indrani,
Shubho nobo borsho to u and ur family :) glance through a few recipes I missed in the past few days...each one looks tasty ...must say snaps are cool! Thanks for the healthier version of salads and pastas dear :)

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trishie said...

Looks so healthy and delicious! Never tried using barley in a salad before.

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Very healthy.. i love to have anytime of the day..

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