Fall Barley Salad from Nutritionist Michelle Jaelin

A showstopper of a salad, this full flavour dish is topped with warm goat cheese cranking the wow and yum factor up to 11.


Pepita Crusted Goat Cheese:

2 eggs, beaten (2)

6 oz cold goat cheese, cut into 4 (1 1/2 oz/ 45 g) portions (180 g)

1 cup toasted pepitas (250 mL)

1/2 cup toasted breadcrumbs (125 mL)

Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes:

2 heads of broccoli, cut into ��orets (2)

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” (2.5 cm) pieces (2)

2 Tbsp canola oil (30 mL)


1 1/2 cups pearl barley, rinsed (375 mL)

2 1/2 cups vegetable stock (625 mL)


1/4 cup canola oil (60 mL)

2 garlic cloves, minced (2)

1 shallot, minced (1)

2 Tbsp lemon juice (30 mL)


Pepita Crusted Goat Cheese:

1. Place half of the toasted pepitas in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Combine chopped pepitas, whole pepitas and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and mix together.

2. Dip goat cheese portions into egg then coat evenly in the pepita mixture. Place coated goat cheese on a plate lined with wax paper and refrigerate; repeat with remaining portions.

Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes:

1.   Preheat oven to 425 °F (220 °C). Place broccoli and sweet potatoe pieces on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) canola oil. Toss lightly. Roast for about 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Set aside to cool.  


1. Combine barley and stock in a pot set over medium heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 40 minutes. Remove from heat, drain any excess liquid, fluff with a fork and let cool.


1. Combine all ingredients, except lemon juice, in a pan set over low heat. Cook until garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and let cool. Whisk in lemon juice.


1. Preheat oven to 200 °F (100 °F). Place goat cheese in oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until warm.

2. Combine broccoli, sweet potatoes, barley and dressing in a bowl and mix together.

3. Divide salad equally among 4 plates and top each one with a piece of warm goat cheese. Serve immediately.