Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yeah, I know. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Barley Kale Salad! I did have visions of posting cookies, cupcakes or something else sweet and gooey, but after thinking about Valentine’s Day as the day to celebrate love, instead of a day to gorge on sweets, I decided to take a different path. The love of my life, the one I’ve been married to for almost 20 years, has been battling high cholesterol for most of his adult life. I’ve made changes in what we eat to help with his cholesterol, so we are now eating more fish, whole grains and good fats, and less meat, white flour and saturated fats. Some weeks are better than others, but on the whole we have been making progress, and his numbers have been looking good!

So, with my Valentine in mind, I decided to share my friend Beth’s Barley and Kale salad. Beth served this salad to go with my beans, and barbequed tri-tip for a camping trip last June (We eat really well on our camping trips!). I made her salad this Sunday, so Les and I could bring it for lunch during week. I packed Les some for his lunch Monday, and as I was sitting down to eat my bowl, I received a text from him saying he really liked the salad, and he hoped there was more for Tuesday. Awh, how sweet! I’m glad he liked it!

Barley and Kale salad is low fat, tasty and filling. The dressing adds a tartness that blends nicely with the kale, the edamame adds a nice amount of protein, and the cranberries are just plain yummy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Barley Kale Salad
Printable Recipe
1 10-ounce bunch Lacinato (dinosaur kale), washed, leaves trimmed from stem and chopped
½ cup chopped parsley, one bunch
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup good quality balsamic vinegar
Juice of two lemons
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Generous grinding of freshly ground black pepper
3 cups cooked barley
2 cups frozen edamame, cooked and cooled
½ cup dried cranberries

In a large bowl, combine the chopped kale, parsley and red onion. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Add the vinegar mixture to the kale and toss together. Stir the barley, edamame and cranberries into the kale mixture. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate for 1 hour to let the flavors combine. Serve.


  1. oh god this salad looks AMAZING! *____*


  2. This salad looks so healthy and colorful. Kale is so crunchy and fresh. Your pictures are wonderful. Are you using natural light? I love the little Anthropologie bowls in the background. Wonderful.

  3. Hi Heather,

    Thanks! I love kale especially in salad! I almost always use natural light, and I've been playing around with diffusing techniques lately. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Oh my GOD! So delicious *.*
    Can I invite you on my blog http://fashionmadzik.blogspot.com/ ?

  5. Thank you for the inspiring recipe! I found you via foodgawker this morning when wondering what to have for lunch. I had to make several alterations to suit what we have at home (no kale, so I went and foraged some sea spinach off the beach instead, added toasted walnuts and used raisins instead of cranberries) but it makes a wonderful platform to jump off from! I'll be having more barley salads from now on, and would be over the moon to have this as a Valentine's lunch. Lucky man! xx



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