Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bean & Barley Salad

Recently I had a 'Honey' Bean & Barley Salad from a wonderful market that makes some tasty dishes. My attempt to make a similar salad was very good.
I opted not to add additional sweeteners as the raisins gave it all the sweetness it needed. 

Bean & Barley Salad
1 cup cooked barley
1 cup cooked lentils
1 cup cooked black or kidney beans
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup raisins, soaked and chopped, reserve water
Optional: 2 Tbsp - 1/4 cup honey, agave, maple syrup

2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 T lemon juice
2 T rice vinegar
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 - 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2-3 cloves garlic, minced

Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad mixture. Season as desired. Adjust grains, beans & vegetables as desired.

Serve as a side or as a salad on a bed of kale.