Simply Healthy Family: Summer Barley Pilaf

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Summer Barley Pilaf



This flavorful summer barley pilaf is simple to prepare and the fresh ingredients really shine in this dish. 






“I received free samples of Progresso Cooking Stock mentioned in this post at no cost. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Progresso Cooking Stock and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”









Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. When cooked using vegetable stock instead of water you are infusing all of those wonderful flavors right into the grain. You can just taste and smell the vegetables and herbs in every bite. 


Toss the warm, cooked barley with fresh, raw ingredients like strawberries, dried blueberries, summer squash, sugar peas and slivered almonds with just a squeeze of lemon juice and some fresh mint and basil from the garden and you've created a simple yet fantastic lunch or side dish. Serve with baked fish for a complete meal.






Progresso's new line of Premium Chicken and Vegetable Stocks are made with the freshest quality ingredients to give you that home made taste without the fuss. They are now available in most well stocked supermarkets.


Simple, REAL INGREDIENTS:
  • Water, Celery, Onions, Carrots, Cabbage, Salt, Parsley, Leek, Sugar, Garlic, Thyme, Bay Leaves.


A Stock is a thin liquid made by simmering raw ingredients until all the taste has been retrieved from them, finalised by sieving to get a result that is a liquid alone. This gives e.g. Beef Stock, Chicken Stock, Fish Stock. Stock made from purely vegetables is a Vegetable Stock. 












TIME        60 minutes            SERVES        4-6

YOU WILL NEED

1 cup uncooked barley
2 1/2 cups Progresso Vegetable Stock
pinch of salt
1 cup of sliced, fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of sugar snap peas, hulled
1 yellow summer squash, chopped
1/4 cup shallot, minced (or purple onion)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (or pine nuts etc)
1/4 cup dried wild blueberries
4-5  fresh basil leaves, chopped
3-4 fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon quality extra virgin olive oil


Bring 1 cup barley and 2 1/2 cups Progresso vegetable stock to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cook, covered, until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. {Makes 3-3 1/2 cups}.Meanwhile, chop your ingredients and put them in a large bowl.  Toss all ingredients together, including the cooked barley. 











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34 comments:

  1. What a beautiful salad Gwen! I'm so craving some warmer weather and seeing more of these fresh fruits and vegetables!

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  2. Barley is so under appreciated, it's great to see it as the star! I hadn't seen the Progresso Vegetable Stock before, but I'm excited to try it.

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  3. I love barley and don't cook it enough - have to remember this one when all those awesome summer fruits and veggies are abundant!

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  4. Well You title makes me wish it was summer ;)

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  5. I love barley! And all those veggies...yum!

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  6. This just reminds me of summer, all the colours , fruit and flavours...just beautiful!

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  7. You are so right. I don't use barley enough. I have to try it in this salad.

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  8. Yum! This looks so good and I love barley. I want to get a taste of Summer and this is the perfect dish to do that with !

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  9. what a beautiful and healthy salad

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  10. This is such a beautiful and healthy barley pilaf. I love the chewy texture of barley and don't make it often enough. I love that pretty wood spoon too!

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  11. So many great ingredients here. I am very inspired by this pilaf recipe.

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  12. This is great for our stinking HOT summer.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  13. This looks healthy and great--perfect!

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  14. This looks very tasty and filling. I love your group shot of all the ingredients!

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  15. Wow! This sounds delicious! I love how colorful and healthy it all is... it's definitely how I should be eating. :)

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  16. I just bought a big bag of barley last week. I love it so much...such a nice bite and chew! This salad looks gorgeous! So much goodness in there!

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  17. I love a good a pilaf and this looks so fresh and healthy! Wonderful!

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  18. What a beautiful salad! Love how colorful it is! :-)

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  19. Mmm, I haven't had a salad like this in ages. Yours looks delish!

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  20. Love Barley and this salad looks so wholesome and delicious! Thanks!!

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  21. This is such a beautiful salad! I love all the fresh herbs and strawberries!

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  22. Love the herbs and berries, looks so delish!

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  23. I love barley! And all those fresh ingredients just make it look so good!

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  24. That's such a beautiful salad! Barley is one of my favorite grains. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  25. I love barley...such a great "chew." What a beautiful healthy salad!

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  26. Barley makes a delicious pilaf, doesn't it? Your recipe looks super delicious. LOVE the use of fresh mint.

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  27. What a lovely fresh looking salad. I love the addition of barley to it. Great textures!

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  28. Mmmm!! Just look at all those bright, happy flavors - this salad looks delicious!!!

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  29. What an amazing mixture of ingredients. I have got to try this.

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  30. Yum, this sounds like a delicious twist on a summer salad - LOVE the addition of barley, it certainly does not get enough attention in my mind!

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  31. My mom loves cooking with barley, so I always feel nourished when eating it. Looks delish!

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  32. This makes me feel all nice and summery. Love these ingredients and this gorgeous salad you've created!

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  33. Super interesting mix of sweet and savory in this recipe. I have actually never cooked with barley before (quinoa is my go to grain) but would love to try it!

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