This was tasty -- made it for a potluck, where I was looking for something that wasn't Yet Another Pasta Salad. I'm giving it 3 stars, but it could get to 4 with a little tweaking. I followed the recipe pretty closely, though I was a little loose and sloppy with measurements. I felt the thyme was a little overly present, and the onions could have been rather more present. The lemon juice / olive oil dressing is mild but nicely balanced, but in general I felt like I was just wanting a little *more* of something, and the sweetness of the barley was a little pushy. Possibly a little garlic? Or replace the green onions with shallots? Or leeks? I'm also thinking a little bit of a tart crumbly cheese -- like a feta or sour goat cheese, or something in that world -- might be a nice addition. If you haven't cooked with barley before -- I'd only done so once -- be aware that barley is a VERY sweet grain, even sweeter than wheat. So feel free to use strongly flavored savory elements with it to balance out the sweetness.
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This was tasty -- made it for a potluck, where I was looking for something that wasn't Yet...