i like it hot in here: simple hummus + white bean dip +white, red & green barley salad

The weather has been HOTT and I’m not complaining. I like an early summer which means only good things like popsicles, bbqs and hanging out at the beach. Last night I had a friend over and I didn’t want to turn on the oven or do anything that would increase the already HOTT temperature in my kitchen, so I made a meal out of 2 dips and a very hearty salad. As my friend Kristen can attest, the meal was flavourful and delicious and can definitely stand up to repeat makings in the HOTT summer weather.

Dip number two, was the very delicious white bean dip posted by poco-cocoa. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except that I used less oil and more garlic. Beyond tasty!!

The salad I conjoured up was a bit unusual since I never use pearl barley except in soups. Here, it’s the main grain and works nicely. Colourful, a bit different and so good.

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13 comments to “i like it hot in here: simple hummus + white bean dip +white, red & green barley salad”

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    crystal   May 19, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    I’m intrigued by your barley salad…and I’m glad you liked the dip!

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    S.   May 19, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    Hi there fellow Vancouverite :) I know what you mean about the days getting hot here, the summer is gonna be a scorcher! I really enjoy your blog and would like to link to it if that’s ok.

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    tanvi @ now craving   May 19, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    Ahhh, its hot here, too, but I AM complaining! I am definetely a cold weather person. I adore barley and your recipe for the salad sounds so incredibly good, I want to eat some right this minute! Definetely will be making this, and soon!

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    Dawna   May 19, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    That salad looks delicious – I’m always looking for more barley recipes, and I like varied salads (especially lentil) so this will definitely be on my list for this summer.

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    Tania   May 20, 2006 at 7:26 am

    This sounds like the perfect meal for a hot summer — er, spring — day! Oh, I envy you your HOTT weather; we’ve had grey skies and rain rain rain all week. Boo.

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    kickpleat   May 20, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    Well thank you Crystal for posting the recipe! It was sooo good!!

    Tanvi, sorry you aren’t liking the heat…but I hope you do get to make the salad. It’s a tasty one :)

    Hello Stefanie, sure you can link to my blog! It’s nice to have another Vancouver face in the blogosphere!

    Dawna, it’s super easy and quite a bit different. It’s also very pretty looking which makes it nice for company too!

    Too bad about the rain, Tania! Summer is coming so enjoy the springtime!

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    Darlaing   May 23, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    your hummus sounds delicious! I usually stop at the garlic, chickpeas, lemon and tahini but look forward to spicing it up a notch like you next time!

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    BNA   May 24, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    I love barley. Thanks for the ideas!

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    Abster   May 25, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Reads DELICIOUS! Hahaha! A great way to spice up a salad. Thanks for sharing!

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    kickpleat   May 25, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    Darlamay, i too love a simple hummous, but it’s nice to add spice. a friend makes a great hummous with tamari and siracha sauce!

    bna, glad i could inspire a bit of barley love.

    thanks, abster.

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    The Overworked Barista   May 30, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    now that sounds like vancouver…yay clouds! Better than the flipping 35C here, though.

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    kickpleat   May 30, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    barista worker, you have to cut me some sunshine slack here! vancouver needs some sun, y’know!

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    Dale Anne Potter   May 31, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Just had to comment on your Barley salad – I tried it and its YUMMMMYYY!!!
    THANK YOU for posting it and the dressing was just the touch!

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