Note: 5775 is a shmitta year. Please make sure that your ingredients do not come from Eretz Yisroel or were produced in 5774.
3 cups cooked barley or Israeli couscous (such as Osem Israeli (Pearl) Couscous)
1/4 cup dried figs, chopped or
3 fresh figs, quartered
1/4 cup pitted dates, sliced in rings or chopped
1/4 cup seedless grapes, halved
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard
1/4 cup wheat and barley nuggets cereal (such as Grape-Nuts), optional
2 tablespoons parsley leaves, torn
Combine barley, figs, dates, grapes and pomegranate seeds in a large bowl. Place oil, honey, lemon juice and mustard in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over barley salad and toss to coat well. Just before serving add cereal and toss to evenly distribute. Garnish with parsley leaves.
This salad requires the special brocha achrona for the shivas haminim.