I have a new favorite salad.
Actually to be honest, I was never a huge fan of the romaine lettuce, deli meat, and balsamic vinegar salads that I ate three times a week all year…Or maybe I liked it in the beginning, but just got trapped in the ease of making the same thing everyday. Either way, I never tried anything new. Until I concocted this fresh, lemony, sweet, and crunchy creation-there is so much going on in this salad!
All the flavors combine to form a perfect summertime salad with enough substance to be eaten as a meal. I also think it would be great as a side for a potluck or summer picnic!
Spinach Barley Salad
Makes 4 servings
3 cups fresh spinach
1 cup cooked barley
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1 T olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Combine the salad ingredients. Add the lemon juice and oil to a small bowl and microwave for a minute. Whisk to combine the salt. Immediately pour over the salad and toss until evenly coated. Serve warm or cold-I prefer warm 🙂
note: I microwaved the dressing because I prefer my spinach to be a little wilted; but if you want a cold salad, this step is unnecessary.
What is your favorite dish to bring to summer potlucks or gatherings?