Barley with Green Tahini Vinaigrette

Barley with Green Tahini Vinaigrette

Barley with Green Tahini Vinaigrette

1 1/2 cups pearl barley

1 pinch salt

1 medium sized zucchini, finely diced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup tahini, stirred

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts

1 small jalapeño, seeded

1 garlic clove

1/2 cup chopped green olives

2 tbsp chopped drained capers

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves


Cook the barley in a medium pot in plenty of salted water until tender but still chewy, 30 to 40 minutes. Drain and cool.  Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the zucchini just until it turns bright green, about 30 seconds. Cool in ice water. Drain well and set aside. In a food processor, combine the oil, tahini, vinegar, scallions, jalapeño and garlic. Process until you have a smooth, thick green dressing. The mixture will thicken to a paste in the food processor. Add about 1/4 cup very hot water to thin. In a large bowl, combine the cooked barley and zucchini, the olives and the capers. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat. Mound the salad on a platter and sprinkle with the cilantro. Serve at room temperature.


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