Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It Wednesday. So What's Cooking?

A fabulous salad from my good friend author Holley Trent. This dish is great for summer and, actually, any time of the year. The kitchen is all yours, Holley!

Hi everyone!

This easy cold salad is great for potlucks and outdoor parties, and travels well. Combine everything except the dressing the night before to save time the day of your event.

Holley’s Low-fuss Summer Salad

2 cup pearled barley, cooked tender but not mushy
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, diced
2 green onions—whites and greens—sliced thin
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1/8 tsp. cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. water

Drain cooked barley and allow to cool.

Toss barley with tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions. If serving the next day, cover and refrigerate.

Half an hour before serving, mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin with water in a small jar with lid. Shake well. Pour over salad and mix gently.

Serve salad at room temperature.

Easily serves 8.

*Mix extra dressing if you like a less dry salad.
**Salad can be easily doubled or tripled.

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The psychic didn't go looking for love, but she should have seen it coming.

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Holley Trent is the author of Executive Decision, Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas, and Her Resident Jester – all available now from Musa Publishing's Calliope Romance Line.

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I won't be around for a week. Studs and I are going on well deserved vacation. See you all September 30. Until then...

Eat well and read to your heart's content!

Sloane Taylor
Amazon Author Page


  1. Wishing it stll felt like summer, Holley! Hopefully this dish will make it easier to imagine! Cheers and salute, Wench!

  2. Still feeling pretty summery here in Colorado, Sharon.

    What with all the rain as of late, we're practically a desert island! ;)

  3. (And I've been trying to find a picture of this salad for the past hour. I know I have one somewhere!)