Mediterranean Barley Salad

2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup barley
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped & pitted
1/2 cucumber or zucchini, chopped
red onion, diced
2/3 cup chopped parsley
cherry tomatoes, halved
avocado, chopped
feta cheese crumbles

Optional:
blanched, fresh broccoli florets
blanched, fresh cauliflower
cilantro, chopped
garbanzo beans

Dressing: 
1 cup The Spicy Olive's organic Persian Lime or Cilantro and Onion olive oil
1/3 cup The Spicy Olive's Honey Ginger white balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard or Roasted Garlic and Champagne(at The Spicy Olive)
salt and pepper to taste

Bring broth to boil in a medium saucepan. Add oil, barley and salt. Cover and cook until barley is tender, 30 minutes or 10 minutes for quick barley. Drain any excess liquid and allow barley to cool. 

Whisk salad dressing ingredients together. Toss cooled barley together with vegetables. Add salad dressing and serve!

 

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