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Spinach and pearl barley salad with goat’s curd and spiced oil

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for spinach and pearl barley salad with goat’s curd and spiced oil.

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking plus cooling
Spinach and pearl barley salad with goat’s curd and spiced oil
Spinach and pearl barley salad with goat’s curd and spiced oil

Ingredients

  • 60 gm (¼ cup) pearl barley
  • 600 gm (about 3 bunches) English spinach, roots trimmed and discarded, washed
  • 1 lemon, zested rind only
  • 200 gm goat’s curd
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 2 tbsp each of coriander seeds and cumin seeds
  • To serve: lemon wedges

Method

Main
  • 1
    Place pearl barley in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until tender (20-30 minutes). Drain and cool to room temperature.
  • 2
    Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add spinach, cover and cook until just wilted (1-2 minutes), then refresh under cold running water. Squeeze out excess water, combine in a bowl with barley and lemon rind and season to taste. Arrange on a serving platter, spoon over goat’s curd and set aside.
  • 3
    Heat olive oil and spices in a small saucepan over low heat until fragrant (4-5 minutes), drizzle over salad and serve immediately with lemon wedges.
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  • Author: Rodney Dunn