Radicchio Salad With Crunchy Shiitake Mushrooms and Barley
A colorful grain salad is the perfect light meal. Here, barley adds heft and texture to a bitter leaf salad that’s balanced with a sweet-tart dressing. The sleeper hit of this recipe are the crispy shiitake mushrooms, which impart deep flavor in two ways: They are pan-seared, and the caramelization left in the pan adds extra umami to the dressing. For gluten-free diets, you could substitute buckwheat groats or brown rice in place of the pearled barley.
- Serves: 4 persons
- ¾cup pearled barley, rinsed
- 1medium yellow onion, halved
- 4garlic cloves, lightly crushed
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- ¼cup vegetable oil
- ¼pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
- 1shallot, thinly sliced
- 4tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1tablespoon maple syrup
- 1large (12-ounce) head radicchio, core discarded and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
- ¼cup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves
- ¼cup roughly chopped small fresh dill sprigs
Step 1Combine barley, onion, garlic and 1 tablespoon kosher salt in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the barley by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high, then lower heat to medium-low and simmer until the grains are plump and tender, about 40 minutes. Drain the mixture, and discard the onion and garlic.
Step 2After barley has cooked about 30 minutes, prepare the mushrooms: Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and the ends are starting to curl and crisp, 9 to 10 minutes. Using a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer the mushrooms to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt and pepper.
Step 3Return the skillet with the oil back to medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes; turn off the heat. While the oil is still hot, stir in balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 4On a platter, layer the radicchio with cooked barley and drizzle with balsamic vinegar dressing. Top with reserved mushrooms, parsley and dill before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.