This is another of the test recipes for The Flexitarian Cookbook. It is supposed to be made with Farro which is a whole grain similar to wheat berries or barley. I couldn't find it in town and when I looked it up online it was $11 a pound. Yikes! I substituted pearl barley without a problem. I really like this grain dish, it's very flavorful with unexpected flavors, as my husband called it. It's a warm or cold whole grain dish with a zesty flavor and great texture. It's very easy to make, the prep time for everything except the barley is about 20 minutes.
It's a very simple meal with roasted red peppers, garlic, fresh parsley, fresh tomatoes, capers, and kalamata olives. I served it on a bed of fresh picked beet greens. This salad will make future appearances at my house.