This version features whole grain barley with roasted vegetables and pickled beets, but our Harvest Grain Bowls recipe works best as a template.
You can use any whole grain as a base, and sub in different roasted vegetables, fresh herbs and try quick pickling different vegetables such as farro, millet, winter squash, sliced apples, carrots and sunflower seeds.
Preheat oven to 375 F
Prepare your roasted vegetables. Peel and chop sweet potato into bite-sized squares. Chop cauliflower into small bite-sized florets. Toss with approx 2 TBLS olive oil to coat vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast until pieces are tender, about 30-40 minutes.
(Optional) Prepare your quick pickle raw beets (see directions below).
While the vegetables are roasting in the oven, cook the barley on the stove. Place in a pot of lightly salted water and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until barley is tender and chewy. Drain and set aside to cool.
Prepare your raw ingredients. Thinly slice your fennel into bite size ribbons. Chop green onions, including both white and green parts of the stem. Set aside.
Once vegetables are done roasting, set aside to cool. While vegetables cool, mix your dressing. Mix together 2 TBS red wine vinegar and 4 TBS olive oil. Mix in salt and pepper to taste.
Assemble you bowl! Place the barley in a large bowl with roasted vegetables (cauliflower, sweet potato), fennel, green onion and pickled beets (if using). Clean and tear by hand the fresh mind and dill and mix in with the rest of the ingredients. Pour dressing on top. Add more salt and pepper as needed for flavor. There should be a decent amount of flavor from the pickled beets, but you can always add more red wine vinegar as needed.
Top with crumbled feta and pepitas. Serve and enjoy! You can save this dish in the fridge - it makes a great lunch the next day! (and even the day after that!)
Prepare the pickling solution by combining ½ cup water, 1/2 red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoon honey, and 2 Tablespoons fresh dill in a small bowl or jar. Wisk, mix or shake the liquid together.
Combine the beets and prepared brine in the bowl or jar. Mix together well and let sit. Brine should just cover all the beets. Best if this sits for at least 30 minute. Can also be placed in the fridge overnight.