Riverland Farm

A fresh summer salad.

Servings

4

Source

Epicurious

Prep Time

1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 lb zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 10 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 1/4 cup pearl barley (8 oz.)
  • 14 oz chicken broth (1 3/4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, or other brine-cured black olives pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

Instructions

Roast eggplant and zucchini:

Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 425°F.

Toss eggplant and zucchini with 5 tablespoons oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl, then spread in 2 oiled large shallow (1-inch-deep) baking pans. Roast vegetables in oven, stirring occasionally and switching position of pans halfway through baking, until vegetables are golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes total. Combine vegetables in 1 pan and cool, reserving other pan for cooling barley.

Cook barley:

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 3- to 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook scallion, cumin, coriander, and cayenne, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add barley and cook, stirring until well coated with oil, 2 minutes more. Add broth and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all of liquid is absorbed and barley is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Transfer to reserved shallow baking pan and spread to quickly cool, uncovered, to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

Make dressing and assemble salad:

Whisk together lemon juice, garlic, sugar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 3 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Add barley, roasted vegetables, and remaining ingredients to bowl with dressing and toss until combined well. Serve with cheese slices.

Cooks' note:

Salad can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Return to room temperature before serving.

Wholesale Ordering

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