Thursday, May 3, 2018

Barley and Apple Salad with Kale Pesto #BrunchWeek

Wow.  Is it just me or is this Brunch Week flying by?  It is already Day 4 of this tremendous event.

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I want to take a moment right now to thank all of our sponsors and our event coordinators, Terri of Love and Confections and Christie of A Kitchen Hoors Adventures.  These events take a whole lot of time and effort and I really appreciate them.  I also appreciate our sponsors who send us not only the prizes being offered to our readers but also product for the bloggers to use in recipe development.  All opinions are my own.

The recipe I am sharing with you today is sponsored by CalOrganic Farms.  They sent each blogger coupons for free produce from our grocer.  Is it just a Michigan thing or have all grocers been sparse with produce lately?  This recent e coli outbreak has wreaked havoc on our local stores.

CalOrganic Farms is dedicated to sustainable farming techniques that bring only the best, safest foods to your families table.  They pride themselves, not only on the produce they grow but on their belief that employees are family and are treated as such.  Nothing is more important to CalOrganic than family.

I like that mindset.  Nothing is more important to me than family either.  Not only that family that is born to us but those who become family because God has placed them in our lives.  We have been truly blessed with both.

CalOrganic is featuring Kale this month on their website so I wanted to share a great recipe containing Kale with you today.  I made up this amazing Kale Pesto that you could use for pasta or as a dip for fresh veggies as well as for the Salad that I'm sharing today.

This salad is wonderfully creamy and decadent tasting.  No one will ever guess that it is filled with whole grain goodness from the barley and tons of nutrients and antioxidants from the kale, spinach and apple.

The Angel Face loved it....even if it was green.

Your family will love it too.  It is perfect for a brunch and would pair nicely with grilled chicken or baked ham.  We had ours with grilled pork chops and it was delicious.  It will also work well for your summer potlucks when you want salads that can hold up to the heat without worry of spoiling.

You will find a whole slew of other great brunch ideas right after my recipe.  Don't forget to enter the raffle.  I would love one or two of my readers to be a lucky winner.

Yield: 4-6 servingsPin it

Barley and Apple Salad with Kale Pesto

This creamy salad is so tasty that your family will never suspect that it is chock full of whole grains, antioxidents and nutrients.


1 c. Instant Barley
2 T. pine nuts
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 apple, cored and diced (I used Honeycrisp)
5 oz. kale,  stemmed and chopped 
1/2 c. baby spinach leaves
1/2 lemon


Cook the barley according to package directions.  Let cool slightly.

Squeeze a small amount of the lemon onto the apples and toss to prevent browning.  Set aside.

Place the kale, pine nuts, remaining lemon juice and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  
Place the barley into a bowl with the spinach leaves and apple.  Add the kale pesto and toss until well coated.  Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Can be served immediately or refrigerated.  Allow to come to room temperature before serving.
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Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

BrunchWeek Beverages:
Blackberry Ginger Mint Julep from The Crumby Kitchen
Peppermint Mocha Coffee Syrup from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Strawberry Bellini from Caroline's Cooking

BrunchWeek Appetizers:
Barley and Apple Salad with Kale Pesto from A Day in the Life on the Farm

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:
Asparagus and Cheese Tart from Brunch-n-Bites
Muffin Tin Frittatas from Sweet Beginnings
Red Pepper, Asparagus and Cheddar Quiche from Family Around the Table
Shaksuka from Karen's Kitchen Stories

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains, and Pastries:
Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal from Cooking with Carlee
French Toast Sticks from The Barbee Housewife
Khachapuri - Georgian Cheese Bread with Eggs from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes from For the Love of Food
Strawberry Streusel Crescent Muffins from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Tiramisu Pancakes from Tara's Multicultural Kitchen

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:
Everything Bagel Breakfast Pockets from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Frutti di Mare Marinati from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:
Artichoke & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad from Eat Move Make
Asparagus Tart from Mildly Meandering
Creamy & Luscious Italian Asparagus from Girl Abroad
Roast Carrots with Pine Nuts & Feta from Books n' Cooks
Sweet Potato Avocado Toast from Forking Up

BrunchWeek Desserts:
Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut and Blueberry Frosting from Love and Confections
Chocolate Rum Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Beet Frosting from Daily Dish Recipes
Espresso Coffee Cake from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Peach Brown Butter Coffee Cake from The Redhead Baker

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  1. I haven't been in the store to see what the produce looks like. But, both Harley and I ate sandwiches with lettuce on Monday and we were both sick all night Tuesday night. Sure hope it wasn't tainted lettuce. I checked mine out and it isn't from the area they are warning of but it makes me afraid to keep it now.

    1. Yes, we were concerned about that with the Angel Face and had her to the Doc on Tuesday. She told me she felt like there was a spider in her stomach :)

  2. If angel face loved it, maybe Little Dude will too! It looks so fresh and delicious!

    1. I was pleasantly surprised when she tried it and said Mmmmm.


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