Mediterranean Eggplant & Barley Salad - 2 Guiding Stars
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Perfectly baked eggplant and zucchini should have a soft, buttery texture that almost melts in your mouth. Combine with chewy barley and a crisp, lemon dressing, this filling and unusual warm salad is a flavorful addition to your dinner recipes.


  • 10 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 bunch scallion, chopped
  • 1½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne
  • 1¼ cups pearl barley
  • 1 (14 oz.) can low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1½ lbs. eggplant
  • ¾ lb. zucchini
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. sugar
  • ½ lb. cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ⅓ cup Kalamata olives, halved
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Cook scallion, cumin, coriander, and cayenne. Stir until fragrant (1 minute).
  3. Add barley and stir until it smells nutty (2 minutes). Add broth, water, and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all of liquid is absorbed and barley is tender (30-40 minutes).
  4. While barley is cooking, cut eggplant and zucchini into bite-sized cubes. Toss with pepper, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and 5 tablespoons oil in a bowl. Spread on two baking pans and roast, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are golden brown and tender (20-25 minutes).
  5. Whisk together lemon juice, garlic, sugar, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large bowl.
  6. Add barley, roasted vegetables, and remaining ingredients to bowl with dressing. Toss until well combined and serve warm.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 665; Total Fat 39.5g (50% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 5g (25% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 900mg (39% DV); Total Carbohydrate 72g (26% DV); Dietary Fiber 19g (68% DV); Total Sugars 11g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 11g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 10% DV; Iron 35% DV; Potassium 25% DV; Vitamin K 270% DV; Copper 70% DV; Manganese 70% DV.
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