For most people, Italian cuisine is associated with pizza or pasta. The fact is that the Italians do not have a national cuisine as such, but in each province of the Italian state you will find recipes that are characteristic only for this area. Today, I want to introduce you to the recipe of one Italian salad, the feature or highlight of which is that its main ingredient is pearl barley. Sounds unusual, right? So, I suggest start cooking the Italian pearl barley salad.
Ingredients for making Italian pearl barley salad:
- Perlovka – 1 cup (200-250 g)
- Green olives (or capers) – 100 g
- Black olives – 100 g
- Green onion (optional)
- Pine nuts – 100 g
- Thyme, oregano – 2 tsp.
- Bay leaf
For the sauce:
- Lemon – half
- Olive oil – 60 g
- Mustard – 1 tbsp. spoon
- Hot pepper (chili)
- Salad bowl
Preparation of Italian pearl barley salad:
Step 1: Prepare pearl barley
Perlovka must be soaked in advance, you can leave it overnight.
Let’s cook pearl barley in advance, as it takes about an hour to prepare. 1.5-2 liters of water is required for 1 glass of pearl barley. Since groats by themselves do not taste very good, it is necessary to add dry herbs (thyme, oregano, bay leaf) to the pan when cooking. Unforgettable salt.
After the pearl barley is cooked, drain the excess water and leave to cool.
Step 2: Prepare the sauce
It is important to make a tasty dressing (sauce) for this salad. For this, we take mustard and add olive oil to it. We squeeze the juice from the lemon, and add it to the mustard in the same way. But it is necessary to remove the zest from the lemon, which also goes into the sauce. And at the end, we add hot pepper (chili) and a little sugar. Mix everything well and the sauce is ready. You can also add some dry herbs to the sauce.
Step 3: Mix the ingredients
To begin with, we mix the pearl barley with the sauce. Add pine nuts,
which will add a resinous aroma to the salad.
Now cut the olives and olives, and finely chop the parsley and green onions.
Add olives and olives to pearl barley with sauce. If desired, you can add salt and pepper.
Step 4: Serve Italian pearl barley salad
At the end, add greens, mix thoroughly and the salad is ready.
It would seem like a piece of cake, but what a taste and aroma, believe me, this salad is worth it for you to prepare it.
– In order for pearl barley to be more aromatic and tastier, it can be boiled in the remains of vegetable broth.
– It is better to use parsley not curly, but flat (Italian), it has much more taste and aroma.
– Salad can be prepared during fasting.