Average: 5 (1 vote)
Active time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour
8 Servings

1 large eggplant, cut into cubes

2 medium zucchini, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½  teaspoon salt

½  teaspoon black pepper

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground coriander

¼ teaspoon cayenne

1 cups barley, preferably hull-less

3  cups vegetable or chicken stock, or water

½  cup water

Juice of 1 lemon

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon za’atar (optional)

½ pound cherry tomatoes, quartered

⅓ cup Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, pitted and halved

1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

½ cup chopped fresh mint

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss the eggplant and zucchini with 1 tablespoon of the oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spread in a large shallow (1-inch-deep) lightly greased baking pan and roast, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes total. Cool.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy, 3- to 4-quart pot over moderately high heat. Add the scallions, cumin, coriander, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the barley and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the stock and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes, or until almost all of the liquid is absorbed and the barley is tender. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes to allow the barley to absorb any additional liquid.
  4. Whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, and za’atar in a large bowl. Add the barley, roasted vegetables, and remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss to combine.

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Calories: 324
Fat: 19g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Sodium: 533mg
Carbohydrate: 36g
Fiber: 10g
Protein: 6g

Yield: 8 Servings

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Bette Jane Geraghty
cant print recipe. pages come up blank. BJ Geraghty
Hi Bette, try clicking the printer icon on the righthand side of the recipe.
Bette Jane Geraghty
Thank you
Martha Lindley
Where is the 1/2 c water in the recipe used?
Hi Martha, thanks for your question! It goes with the stock, our ingredients always appear in the order they are used.

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