Jan 9

A Friend of the Mediterranean

My parents taught me to be kind-hearted, loyal, open, trustworthy, honest, real… blah blah blah!

What they should have told me is that sharing beloved recipes would endear me to family and friends instantly! Come on…you know it’s true! I served this recipe over the New Year and my inbox has been stuffed with requests for it ever since.

This recipe has been in my family so long that I’m not even sure where it came from, but I vividly recall my mother tweezing it from a recipe box stuffed like a Build-A-Bear with a variety of paper that would rival any paper mill’s inventory! I’m sure it’s changed from the original, but it’s every bit as yummy (please forgive the out-of-season use of basil)!

In an effort to give credit where it is due, I’d like to thank Delicious magazine, or was it Cooking Light or maybe Vegetarian Times…sometime in the early 90s? My apologies to the author (if you’re out there reading, please chime in). For those interested in making this gluten-free, substitute Job’s Tear’s or sweet brown rice and enjoy!


1-1/2 cups uncooked whole barley
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup dry, sun-dried tomatoes (30 halves)
1/2 cup dried apricots (18)
1 small bulb fennel, thinly sliced (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup raw shelled pistachios
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons drained capers
24 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

Lemon dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. chopped scallions
2 Tbs. flat-leaf parsley
2 large cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Soak barley overnight. Drain and place in large pot with 3 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Bringing water to a boil, add barley, reduce to a simmer and cook covered until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly before tossing.

In small mixing bowl, cover dried tomatoes and apricots with hot water and soak approximately 15 minutes to reconstitute. Drain soaking water and chop coarsely. Fluff barley and add chopped tomatoes and apricots, plus prepared fennel, pistachios, basil, capers and olives.

In small mixing bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over salad, toss to coat and serve room temperature.

I like to serve this over greens, with a side green salad (perhaps some arugula, spinach or a raw kale salad) or simply on its own. However you choose, I hope you enjoy it in good health!

Eat clean live well!



  1. Posted January 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    This sounds delicious!
    Lucky for me I have a huge pot of basil in sunny Florida. 🙂

  2. Posted January 13, 2012 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Hi Terry. I have recently found your blog after hearing about your books from Heather http://beautythatmoves.typepad.com/

    I promptly ordered your books which arrived yesterday. I have had a quick look at them and have started reading one They are now my favorites.

    I am seriously thinking of doing the Holistic Health Coach course through IIN. I love the idea of looking after yourself in a holistic way.

    Anyway, back to your post. I was going to say don’t forget you have readers from all over the world, not just your area. Here in Australia I have basil growing in my garden right now. So it is perfect timing. I then noticed that Laura F (above) beat me to it.

    Thanks for your recipe and your inspiration. xxoo

  3. Posted January 17, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your kind words! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my books and hope you continue to do so in good health. While IIN is a completely different program today than when I went in 1999-2000, I am happy to answer any questions you might have and lend what perspective I can. Please feel free to contact me off line at info@terrywalters.net. I’m happy to support your decision and journey if I can!
    Eat clean live well!

  4. Posted January 31, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I will make your gluten free version of this for the family members that also include cooked foods into their plant based diets. Thank you so much for sharing!!
    Peace and Raw Health,

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