Barley with Lemon and Kale
A hearty side-dish or vegetarian main dish. Barley, lots of greens with lemon and garlic for a little kick.
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- salted water - a least 1 quart
- 1 lb of fresh kale
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 small onions finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- zest of one lemon
- juice from one lemon
- olive oil for tossing
For the kale:
Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and then the chopped onions. Saute onions until soft and slightly caramelized. This will take about 10 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute or two. Toss in hot pepper flakes, stir a bit, then add kale (it will seem like so, so much kale, but it will cook down). Continue to saute until the kale is tender and wilted - 5 to 7 minutes - then remove from heat.
In a large bowl, or in the cooling saute pan, toss barley, kale and lemon zest together. Sprinkle with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with a little of your favourite rich tasting extra virgin olive oil and serve.