Bee’s knees salad

Bee's knees salad - Features barley, blueberries, blue cheese and basil

Today’s recipe post is brought to you by farmers, pollinators and the letter B.

Here in the Ohio heartland, we’re in the peak of blueberry season! To celebrate the berry bounty, I made a salad featuring these tasty morsels. Because I’m a fan of alliteration, in addition to the blueberries I used barley, blue cheese and basil in this dish (fortunately for me these ingredients taste as good together as the sound of “B” buzzing in my head did). A sweet/tart mix of honey and lemon juice balances out the savory blue cheese.

I think the result is the bee’s knees. If you give it a go, I’d love to hear what you think!

Bee’s Knees Salad

Makes 6, 1/2 cup servings

2 c. cooked barley (allowed to cool)

1 c. blueberries

1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese

1/4 c. fresh basil, thinly sliced

1/4 c. chopped walnuts

1/4 c. lemon juice

4 T. honey

Pinch salt

Whisk together lemon juice, honey and salt. Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl and toss with lemon and honey mixture.