Warm Barley, Kale & Date Salad
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Warm barley with dates and fresh kale are a perfect combination.
Recipe type: Grain
Cuisine: Grain
Serves: 3-4
  • 2 c. cooked barley
  • 3 Tb. olive oil
  • 4 c. kale, ribs removed, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled & sliced thinly
  • Handful of dried, pitted dates, sliced
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1-2 Tb. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • Juice from half an orange
  • dash of kosher salt
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (before serving)
  • Handful of toasted walnuts (optional)
  1. Cook the barley according to package directions.
  2. After chopping the kale, sprinkle a little bit of olive oil over the pieces and ‘massage’ with your fingers to work the oil into the leaves; set aside.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium.
  4. Saute the onion and garlic about 2 minutes (careful not to burn).
  5. Add the kale and cook about 1 minute.
  6. Add the dates; cook another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt & pepper.
  7. Add cooked barley to the mixture and stir through.
  8. Add honey, soy sauce, orange zest and juice.
  9. Season with more salt & pepper, to taste, then serve warm.
One cup of dried barley will yield about 4 cups cooked, so this recipe will leave you with about 2 cups left over. Simply refrigerate it for another salad, or make into a warm breakfast cereal with cinnamon and apples, or toss into soup. So many possibilities!
Recipe by My Delicious Blog at https://www.mydeliciousblog.com/warm-barley-kale-date-salad/