Soya bean, Barley, lettuce, feta and roasted lemon salad in a dill and chilli vinaigrette

2 Jan

Soya bean, Barley, lettuce, feta and roasted lemon salad in a dill and chilli vinaigrette

Soya bean, Barley, lettuce, feta and roasted lemon salad in a dill and chilli vinaigrette
The indulgent holidays were concluded with a healthy salad, the busy mess has been hoovered and dusted into the past. The sun has been shining today and when I woke my feel felt a little heavier. My bed had been moved closer to the heater and the long window, so I was warmer and more light washed over me, but it was the end of the happy lull.

I saw lots of social networking posts about 2013 being amazing, full of achievements and success. Many of my parent peers used the opportunity to announce that their family will be extended and some people told us that they bought bigger or newer houses or travel widely in 2013. New job, promotion, bigger and better. All very wonderful stuff which I’m really pleased to hear about.

I was part of that way of thinking too. I want to share with you something quite profoundly awakening in my life. Pre-2011, each year I would meet with friends on NYE and also go and see the fireworks in London. Each year my husband would tell me, ‘this is going to be your year’. As the fireworks lit up the skies of my beloved london, I’d think about all that I had manifested in that year. How was I doing career-wise, Had I grown enough? Had I travelled enough? Am I fit enough, did I attend enough gym classes and am I in good shape? Did I save enough money? Did I write for magazines extensively enough?

So, then after a few shake-ups at the end of 2011, NYE for impending 2011, 2012 and 2013 filled me with nerves. What had I actually achieved?

For the first time this year, whilst welcoming in 2014 there were no flutters in my heart. There was peace. I had a take-away, put my feet up, thought about buying a onesie and whether its time to potty train my boy. I thought about all the recipes that I’m prepping for next week and for whom. It’s taken a long time, but it’s a phenomenal thing to just smile and have peace of mind.

So, as I wake with a less polluted tummy and a clearer mind for it, it’s time to keep going and keep doing and being grateful. My salad is light, filling, zesty, salty, herby, nutty, colourful, smooth, silky, crunchy, a bit of heat…you have it all, what more do you need?

I wouldn’t eat the lemon, it gives so wonderful colour and concentrated taste, but the rind is still the rind.

Ingredients to serve 3-4

100g pearl barley, cooked per packet instructions
2 lemons
One large red chilli
2 tbsp olive oil
15g finely chopped dill
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
Salt to taste
100g feta, cub into bite sized cubed
Half a head of lettuce, shredded
180g soya beans, boiled for 3-4 minutes and drained
1 tbsp sumac and a little for presenting, if you like
2 cloves of garlic, minced
One red onion, finely diced
One large red chilli, finely diced


1. Slice the lemons thinly, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast in the oven for aproximately 20 mins at 200degrees. Watch them, they could burn easily. Once they are roasted, allow them to cool.
2. Combine the barley, lettuce, red onion, soya beans, lemon slices and feta in a large bowl.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the dill, salt, chilli, olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic and sumac.
4. Drizzle over the dressing and then toss it all together.

I served with my hummus recipe and lots of lovely flatbread.

I am linking this recipe to Karen at Lavender and Lovage because this recipe uses citrus image

14 Responses to “Soya bean, Barley, lettuce, feta and roasted lemon salad in a dill and chilli vinaigrette”

  1. Emily @amummytoo January 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    That looks stunning!

    • Deena Kakaya January 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

      Hi Emily, so lovely to see a comment from you. I’m really pleased that you like the look of this. My husband and I are a serving for between us, it was pretty gorgeous tasting! X

  2. spicebox travels January 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Looks delicious and zesty! Have a peaceful and joyous new year!

    • Deena Kakaya January 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      It really is both of things! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and for the lovely wishes. I wish you lots of joy in 2014 x

  3. lizziefit January 4, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    Glad to hear you are feeling at peace this year 🙂 I try not to stress about what I’ve done but more-so how I feel. This year, I feel at peace too!

    • Deena Kakaya January 4, 2014 at 8:11 am #

      Hi Lizzie, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it. So wonderful to hear that you are feeling peace; personally I’ve always put conditions on my happiness. Now it’s fine just to ‘be’. Great to connect with you xx

  4. all-TIM-ate January 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow. I like the colour of vibrancy of this salad.
    Will give it a try next week.

    • Deena Kakaya January 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      Thank you, it is deliciously easy too, I do love this one 🙂

  5. Alison January 15, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    That looks really gorgeous. Will have to try it

    • Deena Kakaya January 15, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Hi Alison, it’s great to hear from you. It is gorgeous, fresh, zingy, deep and filling. I hope you enjoy it xx

  6. Karen Burns Booth January 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    NOT only a fabulous recipe Deena, but it is SO pretty too! Thanks for entering this into Cooking with Herbs! Karen

    • Deena Kakaya January 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

      Thanks so much Karen, I love this’s the sort of salad that I could just eat lots and lots of as it’s so fresh and deep x


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