Barley Salad

barley saladIngredients
3 cups vegetable stock or water
1 cup pearl barley
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin
1 bunch radishes, sliced
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (or 1/4 cup dried mint)Dressing:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3-4 cloves garlic, mashed
Salt to taste

1. Bring to a boil the vegetable stock (or water). Add barley and salt. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 45 minutes. Drain well and place in a medium bowl.2. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over barley.
3. Add the parsley, scallions, radishes, cucumber, red pepper and mint.4. Mix well and serve warm along side watercress salad or chill for several hours before serving. Tastes great warm or cold!