Enjoy this nutritious and colourful salad as a healthy and light meal for any season. The herbs will make your vegetables come to life with flavour.
Makes: 6 servings || Takes: 40 Minutes
1 cup pearl barley
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 shallots, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup flat-leaf parsley sprigs
1 cup cilantro sprigs
1 cup fresh mint leaves
5 pitted dates, chopped
Bring barley and 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until barley is tender, about 40 minutes. Drain if necessary and let cool.
In a medium skillet, toast cumin seeds over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add oil and shallots to same skillet and heat over medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden and crispy, about 9 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; reserve oil.
Combine turmeric, lemon juice, and reserved toasted cumin seeds and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add to barley along with herbs and dates. Stir to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with crispy shallots.