barley salad with roasted-spiced fennel & carrot

3rd April 2016

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The plum trees are blossoming. Spring has arrived.

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A delightful spring salad with substance.

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barley salad with roasted spiced fennel & carrot

Serves 4 -6

A perfect salad for the early weeks of spring when the days are still cool and the season´s beautiful ingredients are starting to trickle in.  I love the chewy, nutty texture of the cooked barley, the satisfying sweetness brought out from the roasted vegetables and the earthy spices that bring it all together.  It is lovely served with a bowl of guacamole or creamy hummus and this beetroot salad.

for the salad :

2 cups barley, cooked (see lemon barley water)

3 medium fennel bulbs

5 medium-large carrots

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp cinnamon powder

tsp hot paprika powder

1 – 2 Tblsp olive oil

⅓ cup fresh roughly torn mint leaves

⅓ cup finely chopped fennel fronds

for the citrus dressing :

zest from one lemon

zest of one orange

3 Tblsp lemon juice

2 Tblsp orange juice

3 Tblsp olive oil

2 Tblsp sweetener, honey, agave, or maple syrup

¼ tsp salt

preparation:

Preheat the oven 405 degrees F/210C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Prepare the barley, following these directions and keeping the water to make a luscious barley lemonade.

Wash the fennel, trim the fennel stalks and fronds (save for the salad), remove the tougher ends and outer layer.  Cut into small slices.  Wash carrots, peel and cut into medium chunks.  Set aside.

Dry roast the cumin & coriander seeds in a small pan, when lightly toasted turn off the heat and grind to a rough powder with a mortar and pestle.  Add the cinnamon, turmeric, paprika and salt. Stir to combine.

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Spread the vegetables out in one layer on the baking tray, lined with baking paper, drizzle over the olive oil & sprinkle over the spice mix, toss the vegetables until they are well coated.

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Place the tray in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes, or until vegetable are browning. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

make the citrus dressing :

Combine all the ingredient in a bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.

assemble the salad :

Place the cooked barley in a large salad bowl, pour over the dressing ingredients and allow to marinate for 15 – 30 minutes.  Once sufficiently marinated add to the bowl, the roasted vegetables, fresh mint leaves & fennel fronds.  Toss to combine, season with more salt, and a few rounds of freshly ground pepper.

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