Spring salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pearl barley, washed, drained
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, halved lengthways
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 100g Greek fetta, thinly sliced
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, peeled into ribbons
  • 1 bunch radishes, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 x 250g punnet strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 40g baby rocket
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

BALSAMIC GLAZE DRESSING

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

METHOD

Step 1

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Cook barley following packet directions, adding asparagus in the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain. Refresh under cold water. Drain well. Set aside to cool.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make Balsamic Glaze Dressing: Place vinegar, sugar and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes or until mixture thickens and becomes a syrup. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 3

Arrange barley, asparagus, parsley, fetta, cucumber, radish, strawberries, rocket and basil on a serving platter. Drizzle with oil and dressing. Serve (see note).

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