1/2 lb fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (canned works too)
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 white or red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeños
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1.5 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Set up a large bowl of ice water. Add the green beans to the pot and cook until crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Drain and plunge the green beans into ice water. Drain again.
In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss well. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight (the longer it sits the better); and toss again before serving.
When I made this I found it needed additional dressing than the recipe called for.
1½ cups pearl barley (do not substitute hulled barley or hull-less barley)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
⅓ cup golden raisins
½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro
¼ cup shelled pistachios, toasted and chopped coarse
3 ounces feta cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes (¾ cup)
6 scallions, green parts only, sliced thin
½ cup pomegranate seeds
Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1. Cook barley according to package instructions, as brands may differ; or try ATK’s instructions: Bring 4 quarts water to boil in Dutch oven. Add barley and 1 tablespoon salt, return to boil, and cook until tender, 20 to 40 minutes. Drain barley, spread onto rimmed baking sheet, and let cool completely, about 15 minutes.
2. Whisk oil, molasses, cinnamon, cumin, and ½ teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Add barley, raisins, cilantro, and pistachios and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread barley salad evenly on serving platter and arrange feta, scallions, and pomegranate seeds in separate diagonal rows on top. Drizzle with extra oil and serve.