Everybody makes pasta salads in summer.
But why not be a little more creative?
Grains make wonderful salads (Tabbouleh?).
We love barley.
We love barley salad.
Grilling the chicken breasts adds an extra layer of flavor.
Teriyaki Chicken and Barley Salad
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 3 tbs Teriyaki sauce or marinade
- 2/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) barley, quick cooking
- 1 1/3 cups (11oz, 330gr) chicken stock
- 15oz (450gr) red kidney beans
- 1/2 green bell pepper or any other color
- 1/2 cup green olives, 12 – 16
- 1 – 2 tomatoes
- 2 tbs fresh basil
- 2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
- Teriyaki Vinaigrette
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs Teriyaki sauce or marinade
- 2 tbs olive oil
- The chicken:
- Spoon the Teriyaki sauce over the chicken breasts and set aside to marinate for a few minutes.
- When ready, cook on barbecue grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning once or under broiler for same amount of time or sauté in non-stick skillet for 12 – 15 minutes, until done.
- The barley:
- Cook barley in chicken stock according to package directions.
- The rest:
- Open, drain and rinse beans.
- Chop green pepper.
- Cut tomatoes into slices, then quarters.
- Slice olives in half.
- Snip herbs.
- Teriyaki Vinaigrette
- Whisk mustard, vinegar and Teriyaki together in a small bowl.
- Drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, until thickened.
- To finish:
- Slice chicken breasts.
- Fluff barley, drain if needed.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add vinaigrette, stir gently to combine and serve.
Bonnie’s being bad again.
And tonight she led Guapa astray as well.
The fence is almost finished.
Lest you think mon mari has been slack in getting it done, let me explain how it works:
He has to dig the holes for the posts. Since this is an old property with a bit of history, that’s not easy. He runs into black top, concrete, roof tiles as well as just plain old rocks about 2 inches below the topsoil. Almost every hole has to be chiseled and hammered and broken up to get it deep enough for the post. Then he puts in the post and a layer of concrete. When that sets he adds the rest of the concrete. When all the posts in one section are done he can staple the fence on.
He has all but one five foot section, between the gate and the barn finished.
Last night, at dusk when the bunnies come out, Bonnie pulled it apart and ran off.
Guapa, good girl that she is, stayed inside the fence and barked, letting me know Bonnie was out so I could go chase her.
Mon mari dug the holes and put the posts in for that section today.
We piled up some old fence to block the hole and, foolishly, let the girls out unattended – for five minutes.
I checked on them, they were playing.
I check on them again, they were still playing.
I walked back to my desk just as the phone rang.
It was the neighbor – telling me that Guapa had just run past his window.
I ran out…. Bonnie was up in the field chasing bunnies; Guapa came running as soon as she saw me. Apparently she didn’t want to miss the fun – but also didn’t want to get in trouble.
Bonnie’s a bad girl.
Guapa is learning….