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Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Barley Salad W/ Basil Puree

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Category: Salads, Grains

 Ingredients List

  • ----------------------------FOR THE BASIL PUREE----------------------------
  • 1 1/2 ts Chopped garlic
  • 4 tb Olive oil
  • 1 tb Lemon juice
  • 1 bn Fresh basil


1 tb Olive oil
1 Bay leaf
1 c Pearl barley
3 c Water
Salt and pepper; to taste
4 Portobello mushrooms
1/3 c Olive oil
1 Zucchini
1 md Red onion

To make basil puree: In blender or food processor, combine garlic and olive
oil. Process ingredients until smooth. Add lemon juice and basil. Blend
entire mixture until smooth. You may have to stop machine once or twice to
scrape walls of blender to redistribute ingredients.

To make the salad: In large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon
olive oil over medium heat. Add bay leaf and pearl barley and toast
lightly, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Cover and simmer until barley is doubled in size (about 40 to 50 minutes).
Drain any excess water and spread grains on baking sheet to cool.

Remove stems of portobello mushrooms. Toss mushrooms with 1/4 cup of the
olive oil and salt and pepper. Slice zucchini into rounds on the diagonal.
Slice red onion into rounds. Toss both with remaining olive oil, salt and
pepper. Grill all vegetables over medium flame, then chop mushrooms and
onion into small pieces.

To serve: Combine chopped portobellos with cooked barley and red onion. Mix
in about one-third of the basil puree (refrigerate remaining puree for
another use). Spoon salad over grilled zucchini slices. Adjust seasonings
to taste.

Grilled portobello mushrooms with pearl barley, zucchini and roasted red
peppers. This salad pairs ancient and modern tastes. Barley dates back to
the Stone Age and has been used for everything from cereals to breads to
soups. Portobellos are a trendy favorite mushroom. Pairing these two is a
takeoff on the classic mushroom-barley soups of Middle Europe, Stehling

Pearl barley is barley that has had the bran removed and has been steamed
and polished. It comes in several sizes (coarse, medium and fine).
Different kinds of barley are available; be sure you get the pearl barley
for this salad, Stehling says.

Notes: Hominy Grill on Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC

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