my 20s

late summer kale barley salad


okay so today got COMPLETELY away from me. however it is 10:26 p.m. and i refuse to go back on my promise to have a post out everyday this week.

i wanted to elaborate on the recipe i posted to instagram for my trader joe’s tuesday series because you NEED this salad in your life.

so go buy*: 

  • kale
  • barley
  • red bell pepper
  • cucumber
  • corn (you can use canned but if you can grill it the night before and chill it, it’s SO good)
  • onion
  • kalamata olives
  • feta cheese
  • salt + pepper
  • olive oil
  • balsamic

*i am not including quantities because it kind of depends on what you want from the salad! but if you maaaaaade me, i’d say 1 cup barley and a bag o’ kale. the rest is genuinely up to your taste buds. consult them.

day before: 

rinse and dry the kale to making it spankin’ clean. then take a little sea salt and some olive oil and massage the kale. this will make the kale soft and better in the salad! put in a big bowl and place in the fridge to chill overnight. cook the one cup barley and chill overnight as well.

day of: 

chop kale into smaller pieces and combine with barley. mix in the chopped bell pepper, corn, onion and  cucumber. take the kalamata olives and cut into fourths – mix that right in. crumble feta cheese in (lots of that, let’s be real). then mix with olive oil and balsamic plus salt and pepper to your preference. mix mix mix.

enjoy. eat the next day for lunch. enjoy again. eat the next day for dinner. enjoy again. make the next week and repeat.


vibed to the finale of so you think you can dance while writing. #longliveJT

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