Black Barley Salad

Barley is making a comeback and all I can say is it’s about time! Barley is a nutritious cereal grain that has been cultivated for thousands of years and has been recorded in some of histories earliest recipes. It is great in all types of dishes from long braises to quick salads and is a forgiving ingredients when it comes to cooking and storing, making it great for anyone wanting to practice and expand their repertoire in the kitchen.
High in fibre, barley has been found to cut your blood sugar response by as much as 44 percent when consumed at the start of your day which will stabilize your energy and hunger levels for the rest of your day, perfect if you are wanting to start a health kick and want to avoid those nasty sugar lows and highs. Barley porridge anyone?
Coming into the colder months of the year I find myself reaching for this ingredient more and more and in this recipe I have used black barley which is an heirloom variety with a subtle nutty flavour and striking colour I prefer to use this in my salads as opposed to normal variety.