Fig Pear Barley Salad

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Fig Pear Barley Salad mixed with fresh spinach, roasted pine nuts, and piquant blue cheese makes a delicious, healthy, and comfort combo.

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Lucky Me!

As you might have heard (I hope you have), I am that lucky dude who happens to have fresh figs this season. I don’t want to be bragging about this. That’s not my part of success. I don’t want to mention some food bloggers who aren’t that lucky this time either. They know that. We all know that. There’s no reason to point this sad fact out to them once again, right?

But the bottom line is that so far I have tried some delicious fig recipes such as this Crostini and this Fig Brie Blue Cheese Pasta Bake.

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Fig Pear Barley Salad

But let’s talk a little about this delicious, cozy, but fresh Fig Pear Barley Salad.

Since in my family a salad normally isn’t a side dish but the main course, I often incorporate grains to make it more nutritious. While I do like adding common grains like quinoa and rice, I also enjoy not so ubiquitous grains like buckwheat or millet in my salads.

I heard you. You were asking to prove this. Happily!

Tomato Basil Millet Salad.

Roasted Beet Buckwheat Salad.

Wait. What about barley? Oh, I do like it too. This Beetroot Barley Salad was sooooo good.

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

As you see, there are plenty of ways to add some healthy delicious grains in your meal.

This time I opted for this Fig Pear Barley Salad, and you know what? It turned out great! No wonder. Figs, pears, barley, and blue cheese make an excellent combo. You can substitute barley for quinoa, farro, millet, or even couscous.

Fig Pear Barley Salad – something you’ve got to try this season. Or well, if you aren’t that happy dude having figs around you this fall, just save this recipe and make it next year.

Do you have any issues finding fresh figs this season?

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

 

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Fig Pear Barley Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

 

Fig Pear Barley Salad

Serving Size: 2 as the main course or 3-5 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked barley
  • 4-5 fresh figs, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 - 1 medium pear, sliced
  • handful of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fig vinegar

Instructions

  1. Rinse the dry barley, place it in a salted boiling water, and cook as recommended on package, for about 40 minutes. Drain and rinse if desired.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cooked barley, figs, pears, and spinach. Drizzle with the olive oil and vinegar and toss to coat.
  3. Serve the salad sprinkled with the blue cheese and pine nuts.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

havocinthekitchen.com

http://www.havocinthekitchen.com/fig-pear-barley-salad/

4 Thoughts on “Fig Pear Barley Salad

  1. LOVE grains in salads and alas, my fig tree is empty. I think the birds got half of them this year. This is beautiful Ben.
    Kevin | Keviniscooking recently posted…Herb Roasted Poupon PotatoesMy Profile

  2. Seriously Ben? I’m tempted to click that X in the top right corner of my screen. ;) Gah. Figs. They are the bane of my existence this year! And you are just cruelly and unusually punishing me with all these posts! Meanie! Lol. Even though I can’t make this salad, it looks absolutely delicious! LOVE the barley and pears in here, plus that funky blue cheese! YUM. Eat a few bowls of this for me buddy. Cheers!
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filled Apple BreadMy Profile

  3. Believe it or not, I have yet to make barley salad at home. I have always liked it whenever I had it in a restaurant but don’t know why I haven’t made it myself. But I guess this thing needs to be changed now as I have a wonderful recipe to start with. I saw fresh figs in a grocery store last week, so I think I could also join your lucky league! ;) But this is one delicious, beautiful and nutritious salad for sure. Have a lovely time, Ben.
    Anu – My Ginger Garlic Kitchen recently posted…Roasted Cauliflower Pilaf With Watermelon Sauce | Video RecipeMy Profile

  4. Ok, Ben. That’s enough about the figs! At first you made me jealous…but now you are making me want to drive up there and steal all your figs. Ok, maybe not ALL your figs. I’ll leave you one. But seriously, these fig recipes have been awesome. I love the combination of figs and pears in this salad. And barley makes for a great salad base, too. This is perfect for Fall! :-)
    David @ Spiced recently posted…Slow Cooker Cajun Pulled PorkMy Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Post Navigation