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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 3, Thursday

 Barley, Ham and Green Bean Salad

Cooking time:  20 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Barley is a very versatile and healthy grain.  It works as well as a base for a salad as pasta or rice.  With only the barley requiring cooking this is a very easy summer salad.

Barley, Ham and Green Bean Salad

Total time: 20 minutes
    Use quick-cooking pearl barley, which takes about 15 minutes.  Cook in chicken stock for added flavor.  I used the flat, Italian beans in this but any green or yellow bean will work.

Barley, Ham and Green Bean Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 20 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, whisk, small saucepan, lid
,
medium saucepan, large bowl

Cook barley
Heat water for beans
Top, tail and cut beans
    Pause while water heats
Blanch beans

Remove beans, refresh in cold water
Slice ham
Slice tomato, avocado
Snip chives
Make vinaigrette
    Pause while barley cooks
When barley is done, put into bowl
Add ham, beans, chives, vinaigrette; stir
Spoon onto plates, add tomato, avocado
Drizzle with vinaigrette; Serve