Barley, halloumi & pickled vegetable salad

Barley, halloumi & pickled vegetable salad

By
From
Love Your Lunches
Makes
4 Lunch portions
Photographer
Bec Dickinson

Halloumi is bound to draw a crowd and combined with pickled veg and creamy pearl barley, you may find yourself sharing with more people than expected.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g pearl barley
2 tablesponns sunflower oil
350g halloumi, sliced
4 heaped tablespoons parsley leaves
4 heaped tablespoons basil leaves
50g sultanas
100g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
90g whole almonds, chopped and toasted
salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the pickled vegetables

Quantity Ingredient
1 red onion, finely sliced
10cm piece of cucumber, sliced
4 carrots, peeled into ribbons
2 bay leaves
5 sprigs of thyme
100ml white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoons peppercorns

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
2 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
freshly ground black pepepr

Method

  1. To pickle the vegetables, fill a 1 litre jar with the red onion, cucumber, carrots, bay leaves and thyme sprigs. In a bowl stir together 210 ml water with the remaining ingredients and pour over the vegetables. Screw on the lid and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. To cook the barely fill a saucepan with salted water and add the barely. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring regularly, for 30–45 minutes, until the barley is soft and chewy. Drain, cool and store in a container in the fridge.
  3. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan (skillet) over a high heat. Add the sliced halloumi and fry until golden and crispy either side. Cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  4. To make the dressing, combine the ingredients in a small screw-top jar and store in the fridge.
  5. To serve, toss together the barley, pickled vegetables, halloumi, herbs, sultanas, sun-dried tomatoes and almonds in the dressing. Season to taste.

Note

  • Vegetarian
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