Recipe from Christina:
Barley, Black Bean and Avocado Salad
The recipe originally came from Reader's Digest - I know, what an unlikely place to find a recipe - but I am posting it with my adaptations. I always have adaptations and I never measure, so just tweak it to match your taste. This is very light and fresh, perfect on a warm spring day.
Combine the following in a small saucepan:
1 cup V8 juice
1 cup chicken bullion (vegetable to make vegan!)
pinch of salt
several dashes of hot sauce (I use Chipotle Tabasco)
Bring the liquid to a boil and add 1/2 a cup of barley. Cover, reduce the heat and simmer until the barley is tender (how long varies according to what type of barley you have, so keep an eye on it!)
Once the barley is cooked and cooled, add the following:
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
chopped green onions
lots of cilantro
couple tablespoons of lemon juice
drizzle of olive oil
Stir it all together and serve either room-temperature or cold.