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Barley salad with kale, walnuts, cranberries and an orange-maple dressing (v)

A Christmas worthy salad that is enjoyable hot or cold.
Serves 4-6 as a main, or 8-10 as a side.

Author: Bite-sized thoughts.

Original post (with pictures) here.

For the salad -

1 cup uncooked barley
2 cups kale leaves, shredded
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup walnut halves

For the dressing -

Juice and zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp soy sauce

1. Place the barley in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to simmering point and simmer, covered, for 1 hour 15 minutes or the barley is tender.
2. When the barley is cooked, place it in a large serving bowl and add the kale, pepper, cranberries and walnut halves. Mix together.
3. To make the dressing, whisk together the orange juice, zest, maple syrup and soy sauce and then pour over the salad.
4. Serve hot or cold.