Chicken Barley Salad with Eggplant and Tomatoes

When I roasted a chicken the other day for dinner, I knew that I wanted to combine some of the leftover chicken with barley. The flavours go beautifully together.

And, yes, I do plan my leftovers almost immediately after eating.

Sometimes dishes involving leftovers just materialize immediately and sometimes an idea ruminates for a day or two to finalize. When I also thought that the same earthiness of flavour is in grilled eggplant, I knew which direction I was headed for a salad. I tied the flavours together with another member of the nightshade family, tomatoes, to harmonize the eggplant completely with the rest of the ingredients and a simple salad was born.

Chicken Barley Salad with Eggplant and Tomatoes:

1 cup cooked chicken (from a leftover roast chicken or just grill a breast), shredded

1 cup grilled eggplant, cut into 1cm (1/2″) strips

1/2 cup cooked barley

2 medium tomatoes or 15-18 cherry tomatoes, chopped (or halved if using cherry tomatoes)

2 green onions, finely sliced

   In a large bowl, combine the chicken, eggplant, barley, tomatoes and green onions. Toss gently with your fingers to try to keep the delicate grilled eggplant strips intact. Divide over two or three plates. Serves 2-3. Serve at room temperature.

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5 comments

  1. Roxastribe · September 18, 2014

    This Seriously looks deliciously amazing!😍

    • tripleheartbeat · September 18, 2014

      Thank you so much! I just wanted a bit of barley to accent and not make it too heavy. It’s still a great meal-sized salad though 😊

  2. Dana Fashina · September 18, 2014

    Damn, this looks real good right now.

    • tripleheartbeat · September 18, 2014

      Thanks! It was just one of those “pull apart some leftover roast chicken” recipes

      • Dana Fashina · September 18, 2014

        Ah, those are the best!

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