Pearled Barley Tabbouleh and Chickpea with Tomato Salad

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This is the salad I served up tonight for dinner and it is another delicious offering from The Scramble*. I realize that I’ve been on a salad recipe kick for quite some time here on the blog, but honestly, when I look at the dinner options on this fabulous meal-planning site the salad is what I want to share most, so I do!

Everyone in my family gobbled this up. It will be a go-to this summer without a doubt. I’m pretty sure I said this last week, but I’ll say it again: this salad would be the perfect side to bring to a summer soiree or a BBQ. Light, fresh, healthy, and simply delicious.

Hope your Wednesday was a good one!

XX, Megan

Ingredients for Main Dish

1 1/2 cups farro perlato (or use pearled barley), (4 cups cooked), or use quinoa for a gluten-free version
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 – 1 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 1/4 cup
1/2 – 1 tsp. minced garlic, (1-2 cloves), to taste
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, diced (about 2 cups)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely diced (about 1 cup)
15 oz. canned or cooked chickpeas-garbonzo beans (drained and rinsed)

Serve with Fresh Fruit Salad

Cook the pearled barley according to the package directions and set it aside to let it cool. (Subbing pearled barley means you will have a slightly longer cook time, between 40-50 minutes. Plan accordingly.) Meanwhile, in a large measuring cup combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the barley, stir in the herbs and scallions. Transfer the salad to the refrigerator to cool while you chop the tomatoes and cucumbers. Stir them into the salad with the chickpeas. Serve the salad immediately or refrigerate it for up to 3 days.

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Just couldn’t resist sharing this stunning photo of our morning. Spring in the mountains is breathtaking!

1. Cook

Cook the barley or faro according to the package directions. Barely cook time here.

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2. Mix

Juice the lemon, and mix the lemon, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper in a large measuring cup.

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3. Chop

Chop the scallions, parsley, and mint. Add this to the barley. Chop the cucumber and tomato. Add this to the salad.

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4. Refrigerate

Refrigerate the salad until chilled before serving.

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5. Accompaniment

Blueberries or a fresh fruit salad are the perfect compliment to your tabbouleh salad!

6. EAT!

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