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Author Notes: Like oats, barley contains a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. However, unlike some other grains, the entire barley kernel contains beta-glucan. This means that even when processed, its soluble fiber remains intact. This recipe was written by the Healthline Editorial Team: http://www.healthline.com/health-recipes/middle-eastern-style-summer-salad —Healthline
- 3 cups cooked barley
- 3 large tomatoes, red or yellow, diced
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup diced kalamata olives
- 1/2 preserved lemon, diced (or 1/4 cup caper berries)
- 1 bunch chilled blanched asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 2 cups garbanzo beans, drained
- 1/3 cup cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- 1/4 cup za'atar spice
- Whisk vinaigrette ingredients until emulsified.
- Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.
- Pour vinaigrette over salad, and stir until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Middle Eastern Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Lettuce-Free Salad