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Stone Fruit Barley Salad with Sparkly Vinaigrette

*I must warn you that this is a pretty long post of me talking about fictional TV characters in a rather obsessive (I prefer the word “passionate”) way. Feel free to scroll down to check the recipe. Yay because there’s glitter involved*

I meant to share this salad with you quite a few days ago, but then something happened.

It wasn’t a exam that I was studying for.

It wasn’t a race I ran (sadly, because my leg is still pretty darn injured ugh)

It wasn’t that I went on holiday (sadly #2)

 

Stone Fruit Barley Salad with Sparkly Vinaigrette

 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t been around for the past 4-5 days and I like to think I have a pretty good reason not to, but truth is:

I FELL IN LOVE.

With a TV show. Game of Thrones to be exact. More like I fell in love pretty much every man in the show but yeah. I did. I watched all of four seasons. In 5 days. In my defense I have to say that it would have taken just 4 days if it wasn’t for the fact that there was a prett big storm on Monday. And obviously, as the 3-year-old girl I’m still at heart (yes, 3-year-olds we also fall for TV characters but again, who can resist Robb Stark. Hint: not me), I was afraid of thunders and lightning and all I did that day was take a pretty long nap because the storm would have killed me if using electronical devices aka the laptop.

SO logical. Don’t mind me – it’s the way 3-year-olds roll.

 

Stone Fruit Barley Salad with Sparkly Vinaigrette

 

Anyway. Off went the 4 season in 5 days. What am I doing with my life, I don’t know. I suppose it time to be back to work, writing the ebook and friends. Or I could go take a really long nap and hope that when I wake up season 5 is already up. Either option is fine.

I must say though that it wasn’t a nice show to fall in love with given my propension to become emotionally attached with hot man characters with a beard.

Sigh.

I’m taking suggestions for new shows to watch now that I’m done with this one. Handsome man are preferred. And so are beards.

((( Don’t say The Walking Dead because I already fell in love with that Sheriff. But again, who wouldn’t )))

 

Stone Fruit Barley Salad with Sparkly Vinaigrette

 

Does it seem to you like I use too many parenthesis?? Because here goes another one:

((( Secretly wishing that I was that kid in Love Actually right now since he has starred with both my Sheriff and the whole of the GoT cast. Can I be him? )))

Ok. No more parenthesis for now. I should move to the part where I talk about salad and I tell you how good it is (really!), but I just can’t seem to stop talking about GoT. Told you this what going to be a pretty long post.

So salad it is. And it features a lovely sparkly vinaigrette which takes this over the top, making it the Robb Stark of salads. Or the Jon Snow. I still can’t sem to decide which one I like better.

Whateverrrrrrrrrrrrrr. This dressing rocks. It’s just lemon juice + honey + olive oil, but some way or another, it sparks as if it was made out of stars or something. Which I obviously adore, but again, which 3-year-old girl doesn’t love all sparkly and glittery stuff????

Then we have peaches (courtesy of our peach tree which won’t ever stop growing them. We’ve been eating nothing but that for the past three weeks. Sounds nice but after the first five days living on peaches, all that you want to do is punching the darn peach in its hairy lovely face), barley, greens, feta and pistachios.

Sweet and salty combo? I’m so in.

 

Stone Fruit Barley Salad with Sparkly Vinaigrette

 

The sweetness of the dressing and fruit gets to balance out the saltiness of the salad, making it a glorious concoction. Or as I said, the Robb Stark of salads.

I shall leave now. It’s not that I’m going to watch all of the second season again or something. Oh well you got me, by “second season” I mean “Robb” actually. Nah, really. I have tons of work to catch up on after 5 days of doing nothing but watching TV and of course, eating peaches.

Make the salad though, you won’t regret it.

Stone Fruit Barley Salad with Sparkly Vinaigrette
Serves 2
Sweet, salty, tangy and delicious. A fancy salad you're going to adore!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 donut peach
  2. 1 peach
  3. 2 apricots
  4. 40 grams feta cheese
  5. a handful of pisachios
  6. 50 grams uncooked barley
  7. 3 cups lamb's lettuce
For the dressing
  1. 2 tbsp. (42 grams) raw honey
  2. 4 tbsp. (56 grams) lemon juice
  3. 2 tbsp. (28 grams) water
  4. 1 tbsp. (14 grams) extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cook barley according to the instructions in package. Time depends on whether you use pearl barley or hulled barley. Both are nice!
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with vinaigrette.
  3. For the vinaigrette, mix all of the ingredients in a jar and shake - it's sparkly!
Notes
  1. You'll have lots of leftover vinaigrette. You can halve the recipe or use it in other salads!
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 Not only do I intend to become the parenthesis queen, but the ps’s queen as well, so here I go.

ps. #1: sorry for the lighing. I’ve yet to find a good photography spot in the summer house. I’d like to say I’ve looked for it far and wide, but truth is I’ve been too busy binge watching GoT.

ps. #2: do you guys watch GoT? Hope you’re on team Robb. Kidding, he’s mine. Nah, tell me wchih side you’re on, I’m curious to know!

p.s #3: if you haven’t watched yet, don’t do so. It ruin your life.

p.s #4: sorry for the lame post. I quite missed writing.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Ashley June 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I haven’t seen Game of Thrones but my husband loves it! He went on quite a few binge episode watching sprees : ) And this salad sounds awesome – I love barley!

  • Reply Jessiker Bakes June 26, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Yum!! This salad looks delish and loving the fruit. P.S. you’ll LOVE GoT the more it goes on!

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life June 26, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I’m afraid if I start a series (game of thrones for example … or once upon a time!) I would kiss the real world goodbye for a week and live on the couch. Not necessarily a bad thing! πŸ˜‰
    This salad is gorgeous! The fruit and barley is a delicious combo! And you totally had me at sparkly vinaigrette :)

  • Reply Cindy June 26, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I hear lots of people talk about Game of Thrones , but I haven’t gotten around to checking it out. It seems whenever I have time to watch the TV someone else has it occupied.
    This salad looks amazing! I love that you used barley in this. It is just a nutritious grain πŸ˜€

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext June 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This salad looks amazing, Consuelo! Love the fresh peaches and crumbled feta! :)

  • Reply mayihavethatrecipe June 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I love combination of fruit in salad! This looks fantastic and you are using donut peaches..they are my favorite!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments June 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    This is my kind of salad, Consuelo! So fresh and flavorful, and I love the addition of the barley to make it more of a satisfying meal. :)

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) June 26, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    This salad looks absolutely lovely! Also, I’m totally obsessed with GoT too. It’s soooo good. I’m also sad that this season is over and contemplating reading the books. We shall see! Glad you’re back though! :)

  • Reply Monica June 27, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I don’t watch TV the way I used to so I’m pretty clueless on the subject. But I do know this salad is so pretty. Sweet and salty combo? Say no more…

  • Reply Danguole June 27, 2014 at 4:52 am

    I haven’t watched Game of Thrones because I’m afraid I’d never leave the house! Orange is the New Black and House of Cards have kept me busy enough, haha. BUT I completely approve of hot men with beards.

    Also, this salad looks like heaven on a plate! I wish it would magically appear in my fridge for tomorrow’s lunch.

  • Reply Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking June 27, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I’ve never watched Game of Thrones but it’s on my Netflix list…I feel like I need to bump it to the top now! What a beautiful salad! I can’t wait to pick up all these ingredients the next time I’m at the farmers market and throw this salad together! Pinned!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ June 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    After two episodes of the first series, Game of Thrones did not grow on me! I should probably watch more before I give up. I have quite a few friends that love the show as much as you do. p.s. this is really my type of salad!

  • Reply Melanie @ Carmel Moments June 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Your pictures always make my mouth water. This one is no different.
    Pretty!

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron June 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Love love love GoT, can’t believe you watched the whole thing so quickly!! It is very addictive though. Gorgeous salad! What girl can resist a sparkly vinaigrette πŸ˜‰

  • Reply cfische07 June 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I always feel like an old lady because I like barley, but you are making these tired grain hip and happening girrrrl!! and omg that serving plate is to die, simply gorg!

  • Reply Emma's Little Kitchen June 28, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Ahhhh GOT! Where have you been dude?! Welcome to the party! This salad looks wonderful, thanks for taking time out of your intense GOT viewing schedule to post it for us :)

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon June 28, 2014 at 6:16 am

    This salad looks so fresh and beautiful! I’m so jealous stone fruit are in season for you!!

  • Reply alex@vegginout June 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Whenever I find a series I like, I blow through it in a few days. I haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet though…. Sounds like I need to change that!
    Maybe I should watch it while eating this salad? πŸ˜‰ Or at least just eat this salad. The promise of anything sparkly has my attention!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen June 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    What a gorgeous looking salad Consuelo! And I love that you call it “Sparkly Vinaigrette! I like the sparkly part! :-)

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou June 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Game of Thrones is legendary, but have you watched Breaking Bad? That’s the real deal. Trust me.
    This salad is also the real deal, looks amazing CO!

  • Reply Renee@Two in the kitchen June 30, 2014 at 5:01 am

    This post just cracked me up Consuelo! Personally I am completely into Downton Abbey. I have not tried watching GoT though I tried reading the book and the gore just grossed me out. I DO love this gorgeous salad though! I am seriously going to have to include it in my meal plan!! :)

  • Reply Two Healthy Kitchens June 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The Robb Stark of salads?!? We’ll, ok – how do I say no to that?? Oh, plus a “sparkly” dressing and gorgeous fresh peaches (yeah … You’re totally getting no sympathy from me on your dilemma of having too many fresh peaches to eat!!!)?? So this looks totally amazing! Definitely pinning … I neeeeed this in my life! πŸ˜€ ~Shelley

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker July 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Having tried one of your salads previously, I know this one is fabulous too!! Such great flavours and super pics Consuelo!!

  • Reply Kelly July 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    This salad is gorgeous Consuelo! The fruit and barley sounds amazing together with – so bright and perfect for summer :)

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