French Fridays with Dorie – Lemon Barley Pilaf

by Jessica on July 27, 2012

Lemon Barley Pilaf |

This Friday’s French dish is the bright and flavorful Lemon Barley Pilaf. It’s one (among many others) that I marked as a definite ‘to-make’ the minute I had this big, beautiful book in my hands. Why it took me until now to do so, I’m not sure. However, it was perfect timing, as the cook time is quick and the flavors are light & zesty… a beautiful complement to the sweltering summer temps we’ve got down here in Texas at the moment.

It was a wonderful side dish to the grilled chicken and garden salad we enjoyed for dinner this past Tuesday night and I can’t wait for the opportunity to make it once more. C heads out of town yet again next week, so I might just cut this in half one night for my lovely little self. Sounds like a plan, right? 🙂

Lemon Barley Pilaf |

If you don’t have this book lovingly placed on your bookshelf just yet, have no fear. You can find the recipe on Epicurious, direct from Ms. Dorie herself. And if you’re interested in seeing who else participated this week, head over to the ‘Leave-Your-Link’ post on the FFwD site!

#96 – Lemon Barley Pilaf (pg. 383)
Source: Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

Lemon Barley Pilaf |


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes July 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

Nicely plated, with the carrot strands and lemon zest!


2 Adrienne July 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Love your blog so adorable! I wasn’t so sure about the texture on the barley on this week for Dories Cooking Club!

Take care,


3 Cakelaw July 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Your pilaf looks great Jess. This would have been a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken.


4 Liz July 28, 2012 at 5:42 am

Beautifully styled, Jessica! Glad you enjoyed!


5 Kathy July 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

Your salad looks perfect…the grated carrot looks much prettier than the chopped. I served mine with grilled chicken, too! We loved it!


6 yummychunklet July 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

This looks really light and tasty!


7 Diane Balch July 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

Are your vegetables raw and did you serve the dish cold? It looks like a really bright summer salad, not like mine at all.


8 Jessica July 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Hi Diane – the carrots were just barely blanched, so they had a little crunch. And I served it warm. It was delicious!


9 Nana July 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Looks absolutely delicious and refreshing. Your barley
is so white and perfect with the colorful veggies. Great


10 Cher July 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

The addition of the carrots and lemon zest really added some visual appeal!
Stay cool


11 Mary Hirsch July 28, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Jessica, when you make this side dish again, especially when your husband is gone, why don’t you try it cold. It looks as if it might be delicious that way. Especially since you barely blanced the carrots. I liked this recipe also. It was delicious.


12 Maggie July 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

Love the dish you put this in! That milky antique-y glass is so pretty! Also your barley is so white and delicate looking – mine was more brown and blah. Glad you liked this one!


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