Barley, Capsicum and Bean Salad

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I love the new recipes I come home with every time I visit the Colton’s in Australia. The whole family is into the reality show Master Chef and Maddie and Izzy love creating new recipes. While I was there in July, Maddie had me film her latest creation. Unfortunately, it was too long to upload here. Izzie made a lovely dish and really wanted me to eat it. Ally made it disappear before I got a chance to taste it. She spread peanut butter on a plate and topped it with sliced onions. Finally, she decorated it with strawberries. Yum! This salad recipe is one of my favorites from my last visit to OZ.

1 1/2 cups pearl barley
200g green beans trimmed, cut into 2 cm lengths, blanched
1 red capsicum (red pepper), chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves chopped
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 cup peanuts
1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/3 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1-Cook the pearl barley in a large saucepan of boiling water according to the package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl.

2- Add green beans, capsicum, onion, mint, cilantro, and peanuts. Mix together with lime juice and zest, oil and sugar. Add to barley and toss to combine.

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