Kale, Barley and Feta Salad with a Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 20 min | Cook Time: 50 min | Total Time: 1 hour 10 min | Servings: 4

This kale salad has it all: nutty barley, crunchy sunflower seeds, creamy avocado, salty feta cheese, chickpeas and red onions, and tossed in a tangy honey and lemon vinaigrette.  Perfect for a week-day lunch!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup uncooked pearl barley {just over 1 cup cooked}
  • 4 cups loosely packed kale; washed, stems removed, and cut into small ribbons
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 avocado, cubed {leave out until just before serving}
  • 2-3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely diced

Directions

  1. Cook pearl barley according to package directions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and toss with the kale. Make sure all of kale gets some vinaigrette on it, this helps to remove some of the bitterness of the kale.
  3. Once barley is cool, toss with the kale/vinaigrette and remaining ingredients {however you should leave out the avocado until directly before serving}

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