Recipe: Barley Lentil Salad

Curried Barley Lentil Salad

Usually, the simpler the food, the better. The Standard American Diet is built on foods that are as far removed from their natural state as possible. Food that is highly processed, taking natural products, refining them, coating them in fats/sugars/salts/additives/preservatives and then packaging them pretty. We all inherently know that this isn’t a healthy way to eat. How can these products compare with food as close to its natural state as possible, blueberries off the bush, carrots out of the dirt…

It can take a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve re-trained your taste buds to enjoy the taste of natural food, you will soon discover that fresh food is naturally healthy AND delicious. You will start to notice the slightly offensive sweetness of processed salad dressings, the saltiness in store-bought cookies…

This salad came up today in my experimenting. I wanted to see if I could use food, as natural as possible to make something delicious for dinner. I just sampled it, warm and it’s so yummy. So you can eat it warm or cold. We’ll be eating it as an entree, but would make a great side dish as well!

Barley Lentil Salad

1 cup dried green lentils

1 cup pot barley

2 cups raw chopped cauliflower

1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

2 tbs almond oil(or olive oil)

dash of sea salt

1 tsp curry spices(I used 1/2 tsp Turkish Baharat and 1/2 tsp Tandoori Masala)

Directions: Prepare the lentils and barley. I simmered mine separately until just tender. It actually took almost the exact same amount of time so I don’t see any reason not to simmer them together. Drain and pour into a large serving bowl. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Serve!

tip – make sure to rinse the dust off the barley well. If you use pearl barley(which is more refined) it cooks quite quickly so don’t combine to simmer with lentils.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Francis
    Jan 10, 2011 @ 20:28:00

    Look like a good idea. Do you cook the cauliflower to tenderize it or use it raw?


  2. Joelle Doering
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 08:45:51

    I decided to take the plunge, I have been following you now for a while and your stuff looks so yummy. SO yesterday I wrote down the 3 things I needed and off to the store Nora and I went.

    I had trouble finding the exact Indian spices you used, but I found one I was happy with.
    I cooked the Lentils and the barley together like you said (you were right, they were just fine together) and I mixed everything up.

    I am amazed at how much I enjoyed it. (Indian spices are a little hit and miss with me) And I loved the texture of it too. Also It made enough to have again today!

    And even more then just enjoying it, I felt so completely satisfied and full after. I have only once ever made something I saw off a Blog and it was horrible, you my dear have found yourself a convert. I can not wait to try more of your creations!



  3. figandfennel
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 14:48:05

    Yay J! So happy it worked out and you liked it! Also, thank you for the hour of entertainment with your music picks this week!


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