Chickpea and Barley Salad with Feta and Lemon
Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 6-8 servings
A simple, hearty side dish packed with beans and fresh dill, tossed with lemon and olive oil. A perfect lunch loaded with fresh flavor.
  • 1 cup pearl barley, uncooked
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, washed, trimmed, and cut into 2" pieces
  • (1) 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 ounce container crumbled feta
  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • ⅓ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil*
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Prepare the pearl barley according to package instructions. When finished cooking, place in large bowl.
  2. While the barley is cooking, place the green beans in a large pot of boiling water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until crisp tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Add the green beans, chickpeas, feta, dill, lemon juice, and ? cup of the oil with salt and pepper to taste, and stir gently to combine. If the salad seems dry, add a bit more oil and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Serve warm and enjoy!
This salad is wonderful as leftovers, but you will need to add more olive oil as the barley absorbs the oil as it sits.

I like this salad very lemony with plenty of dill! If you don't like a huge citrus pop and lots of fresh herbs, start with half the amounts listed and add more to taste.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at