January 28, 2016 by dgarnett2013
Barley Salad with griddled broccoli & za’atar: Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour
Serves 5 – 6 as a side dish.
- 300g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 5 small or 3 large red onions, roughly chopped
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 300g tenderstem broccoli
- 250g pearl barley
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 3 heaped tabs za’atar
- 1 small bunch of parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
- 2 long, red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
- 75g pea shoots
- 3 – 4 tabs olive oil
- 250ml Greek yogurt
- 3 tsp ground coriander
Preheat the oven to 160℃.
Line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper. Place the tomatoes cut-side up on the prepared baking sheet and roast for about 1½ hours, or until partially dehydrated but not burnt. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Increase the oven temperature to 200℃. Place the chopped chopped onions in a baking dish, season with salt and pepper and roast for about 35 – 45 minutes, or until browned and slightly charred around the edges. Set aside and allow to cool. .
Preheat a griddle pan until very hot and put in the broccoli stems. Season them with salt and pepper, and blacken the stems – You don’t need to cook them through, you just want them to take on a charred flavour, so keep them crisp. This takes about 3 mins on each side.
Boil the barley as per the packet instructions, then rinse very well in cold water, drain, and put into a large mixing bowl. Dress with half the lemon juice, salt, pepper and the za’atar. Add the roasted cherry tomatoes and red onions and mix well.
Chop each broccoli stem into 2 – 3 pieces, incorporate into the salad and taste to see if more seasoning is needed. Add the chopped parsley, chilli and pea shoots and mix again.
To make the yogurt dressing: add the olive oil to the yogurt along with the remaining lemon juice, the ground coriander and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper.
Place the salad on a large flat plate, drizzle with yogurt sauce and serve.
Winter blooms all round: eaten the day I saw the Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition at the Royal Academy.