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Barley with Winter Greens Pesto Recipe

Barley with Winter Greens Pesto
Difficulty: Medium | Total Time: 1 hr | Active Time: | Makes: 4 servings

Pesto goes way beyond pasta in this healthy dish of barley coated in a vegan pesto sauce.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups hulled barley
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 ounces Swiss chard, washed and tough stems removed
  • 6 ounces mustard greens, washed and tough stems removed
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, toasted
  • 5 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons walnut oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place the barley, measured salt, and water in a medium saucepan with a tightfitting lid. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer covered until the barley is tender but still slightly chewy, about 30 to 45 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the chard and mustard greens and blanch for 1 minute or until wilted and tender. Drain and let cool slightly.
  3. Place the cooled greens, almonds, vinegar, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. With the motor running, add the oil in a steady stream until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, season with salt and pepper, and process until smooth.
  4. Place the reserved barley in a large bowl, add the pesto, and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.