I can’t stop eating this salad, it’s my absolute favorite thing at the moment! You have the crunch of the fresh snap peas, the sweetness of the strawberries, the nuttiness of the toasted pine nuts and the saltiness of the feta cheese – it’s seriously amazing!
I love salads like this – you get so much health in every bite between the greens, the nuts, the fruit but it definitely doesn’t taste like ‘health food’ by any means. This would be perfect on its own but if you wanted to add grilled salmon/chicken/shrimp – those would all be perfect add-ins!
Enough with the description – here’s how you make it (8-10 servings):
- Cook 6 cups of the grain of your choice – I used barley, but wheat berries or farro would be equally delicious. Set aside and cool completely
- Toast 1 cup pine nuts over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until they are fragrant. Set aside to cool
- While the grains and nuts cool, chop 2 zucchinis into bite-sized pieces and throw into a large mixing bowl
- Chop 1 pint strawberries into halves or quarters (depending n their size) and add to the zucchini mixture
- Add 4 cups snap peas, the cooled pine nuts and block of feta to the bowl and mix to combine
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the juice of 2 lemons, 4-6 tbsp olive oil (depending on taste) and a dash of salt. Pour dressing over mixing bowl ingredients
- Add in cooked and cooled barley (or equivalent) and mix everything together. Done!
- Don’t skip the step where you toast the pine nuts – it brings out such a wonderful flavor. Make sure you keep an eye on them when toasting – once they get color, take them off the heat!
- Make sure the grains are entirely cool before you add them to the salad – otherwise you’ll have a melted feta dressing, which wouldn’t be bad but not what you are probably looking for here
- 6 cups grain of your choice (barley, farro, wheat berries), cooked and cooled
- 1 cup pine nuts
- 2 zucchinis
- 4 cups snap peas
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 block feta cheese (about 4 inches x 3 inches by 1/2 inch)
- 2 lemons
- 4-6 tbsp olive oil
- dash salt
I’m positive you are going to love this one and make it this summer – it would be the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or BBQ. If you are eating outdoors, you could always wait to add the feta and keep it in a cooler until time to eat – aside from that, everything else can be outside for a bit without issue.
Let me know what you think!