Monday, April 18, 2011

Lemony Barley Salad

After making homemade ricotta, we were left with a lot of whey.  It seemed so wasteful to throw it all away.  Unfortunately I have no desire to dehydrate the whey and then throw the powder into super-protein shakes, and I do not have any farm animals to feed the nutritious whey to (much to my dismay).
I finally decided to try cooking a grain – barley – in the whey.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results.  Whey is a clear yellowish liquid by-product from cheese making with a tart and tangy taste.  When you cook barley in it, then add lemon juice and zest plus a few southwestern ingredients, you get a really delicious warm grain salad. 
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I finely chopped about 1/2 small head of red cabbage.  I love red cabbage because of its bright color, and the crunchiness of it was perfect with this grain based salad.
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The brightness of the lemon zest really complements the tanginess of the warm grain salad.
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Lemony Barley Salad

  • 1 cup dry barley
  • 2 cups whey (or water if you haven’t recently made ricotta at home!)
  • 1 lemon, zest removed
  • 1/2 red cabbage
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 c. queso fresco
  • drizzle olive oil
Combine the barley and whey (or water) in a saucepan and simmer for 40 minutes, or until barley is tender.
Zest the lemon, reserve zest.  Drizzle the juice of the lemon over the warm barley. 
Finely chop 1/2 small head of red cabbage and 1/2 bunch cilantro.  Crumble the 1/2 c queso fresco cheese.  Toss the lemony barley together with the vegetables and cheese, add the lemon zest during the tossing, then drizzle with olive oil to taste.
Serve!
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6 comments:

  1. I've always wondered what to do with the whey from making ricotta. I usually just feed it to my dog!! I might try this with quinoa, I'm on a vegan/gluten-free detox for the month and am finding myself feeling a lot less bloated. I do miss my cheese though, especially my ricotta & honey on toast for breakfast! Love the new blog I've transfered over from Cooking Pretty!;D

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  2. You are so resourceful Sarah!

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  3. Looks delicious! Whey is a great source of minerals and digestive bacteria. It is useful for fermenting veges and recipes like Kimchi, Sauerkraut or Beet Kvass (a fermented drink made from beetroot).

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  4. Healthy salad you have shared, Thank you

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  5. Hi,

    Excellent article, thanks for share this great post with us, I love this kind of topics are really interesting, health is really important, we have to be careful to obtain a healthy life and this way enjoy everything everyday with our family or people around.

    Best regards,
    Guillermo

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