A Hearty Salad You Can Actually Eat for Dinner

After eating a lot of unhealthy food, it can feel good to reset your diet with veggies and salad. Salads can sometimes sound dull after indulging. But this salad is anything but dull with avocado, edamame and almonds. Plan ahead: prep the salad ingredients and make the red pepper sauce, so you’re ready with a filling, healthy meal. Read on for the recipe.

Barley and Edamame Salad with Red Pepper Drizzle

Total time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4

2    cups water

⅔   cup uncooked pearl barley*

2    cups frozen shelled edamame

1    cup jarred roasted red sweet peppers

2    tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2    tablespoons lemon juice

1    tablespoon olive oil

2    cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

½   cup toasted almonds, chopped**

       salt and black pepper

2    cups spring mix

1    avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced

1    medium cucumber, seeded and cut into chunks

¼    cup crumbled goat cheese or ricotta salata (optional)

Number 1 In a medium saucepan bring water to a boil; add barley. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Stir in edamame. Cover and cook 10 minutes more or until barley is tender. Drain excess liquid. Cool slightly.

Number 2 Meanwhile, for red pepper drizzle, in a blender or food processor combine the next five ingredients (through garlic) and 2 tablespoons of the almonds. Cover and pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Number 3 Arrange spring mix, barley mixture, avocado and cucumber on a platter. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. If desired, sprinkle with cheese. Drizzle with red pepper sauce or serve it on the side.

*Follow package instructions if you use another type of barley.

**Tip: To toast nuts, preheat oven to 350 F. Spread in a shallow baking pan. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan once or twice to avoid burning.

Nutrition facts (per serving): 400 calories, 20 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrates, 15 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 18 g protein

Categories: Get Healthy

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