Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Crispy Chickpeas and Barley Salad

This tasty barely salad is made with baby spinach, crispy chickpeas, boiled eggs, cucumber, tomato, and avocado slices. All drizzled with a lemony dressing. 
A perfectly wholesome, fresh, and satisfying summer lunch loaded with flavor and packed with nutrients. 

If you're anything like me, and always in search of new and fun, fresh and wholesome salad ideas, that are satisfying and tasty enough to make me crave salads every single day.
Look. No. Further.
I've got the perfect salad recipe for you!

This grain-based salad has it all.
It's super healthy, flavorful, and bikini-friendly. 
It will fill you up without weighing you down.
It's such a tasty combo and it's perfect for meal prep, potluck, and picnics. 
The barley salad I'm sharing today is loaded with so many delicious, fresh, and healthy ingredients. 

It has healthy greens (baby spinach); heart-healthy, protein-rich,  and nutrient-dense eggs, avocados, and chickpeas (toasted, crispy, and oh-so flavorful); and fiber-rich grain (barely can help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar, also filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant). 

It has juicy fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and crispy shaved fennel. All drizzled with an easy-to-make lemon vinaigrette - All in one heavenly bowl!

The reason I love grain-based salads is that they are so filling and satisfying. You get the benefits of the veggies but also the volume of the grains.

You can make this salad in advance and it is so easy to customize. You can add your favorite veggies or cheese. Or make substitutions like beans in place of chickpeas, arugula in place of spinach, or use farro or brown rice in place of barley. 

Barley:  Barely comes in two different types - hulled and pearl barley. In this recipe, I'm using pearl barley simply because it's what I can find easily at my grocery store. Also, pearl barely cooks faster than hulled

Just like farro, barely can easily be cooked in lightly salted boiling water. Simmer uncovered until tender but still a little chewy, about 20 to 25 minutes, and drain off any extra cooking water.

Please note: if you are using hulled barely the cooking time is about 40 minutes. 

Crispy Chickpeas:  I'm using canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in this recipe to save time. 

Rinse and drain the chickpeas. And dry with paper towel. Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper (plus other spices if you wish). 

You can cook on the stove in a skillet at medium-high for 6 to 8 minutes. Or alternatively, you can roast the chickpeas in the oven at 425F for 20-25 minutes, until golden and crispy.

Crispy chickpeas are extra flavorful and great just by themselves, or an easy addition to grain or green salads. 

Video Recipe: Crispy Chickpeas and Barley Salad

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