Barley and Rice Tomato Salad

This is the perfect salad for showing off the beauty of summer tomatoes. Light-colored barley and black rice create a nice textural base for the salad but can be substituted with other grains, beans or even pasta.

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  • Servings: 4 to 6
KEY: Grains

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound tomatoes on the vine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups yellow or red cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup pearled barley—soaked overnight and cooked for about 20 minutes, until soft, drained and cooled
  • 1/2 cup heirloom forbidden black rice or other black rice, cooked according to package instructions, cooled
  • Assorted 3 to 5 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
  • Handful of basil leaves, torn
  • About 2 tablespoons dill, minced (optional)
  • About 2 tablespoons parsley, minced (optional)

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place tomatoes on the vine into a baking dish. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coconut sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and garlic. Pour over the tomatoes, place in the oven and roast for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until they are soft and appear cooked.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 400°. Spread the cherry tomatoes on a parchment paper-covered baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook for about 12 minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the barley, rice, both types of roasted tomatoes and their juices, fresh sliced heirloom tomatoes and herbs. Gently toss to combine. Season with more salt and pepper and add more olive oil if needed.
  4. Serve immediately or let cool completely and store, covered, in the refrigerator.
Contributed By Photo Photo © Anya Kassoff Published July 2014

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