1 cup hulled barley
3 cups water
2 stalks green garlic (white and light green parts only), cut into 1-inch pieces*
2 tablespoons toasted almonds
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Coarse kosher salt
8 ounces sugar snap peas
2 tablespoons torn mint leaves
Cook and cool barley:
Combine barley and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
from The Kitchen
Make green garlic sauce:
Blend green garlic, almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender until smooth.
If the mixture is very thick or dry, mix in 1-2 tablespoons of water.
Blanch sugar snap peas:
Have ready a large bowl of ice water, a slotted spoon, and a plate lined with a cloth or paper towel.
Bring a pan of water to boil over high heat. Add a tablespoon of salt and the snap peas and boil just until bright green and crisp, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Quickly remove the snap peas with a slotted spoon and plunge them into the ice bath.
When the peas are completely cool, remove them from the ice bath and drain on the towel-lined plate.
Cut the snap peas lengthwise on the diagonal.
In a large bowl, combine barley and green garlic sauce.
Then mix in snap peas and mint.
Season to taste and serve immediately or keep covered in the refrigerator.