Barley & Chickpea Salad with Dates & Goat Cheese
The main component of this salad is barley, a grain that has a nutty flavor and chewy texture similar to pasta. It's a great source of fiber (1 cup, cooked has 13 grams fiber), selenium, phosphorus, and copper to name a few.
Chickpea adds protein, additional fiber and crunch to the salad. Cherry tomatoes are in season so I am trying to use it in everything before they disappear. Chopped dates adds sweetness and complements the tangy, creamy goat cheese and cumin-kissed dressing very well.
The boyfriend was questioning the chopped dates as I was stirring them in the salad but after the first bite - he was sold. We ate for dinner, packed some for lunch, and I am thinking of another batch already. It's great as a side with some grilled chicken or veggies, or eat it alone as a meal - either way just make it ASAP!
makes 5-6 servings