This healthy little lunch delight is packed with B vitamins for a solid energy boost to carry you through your day.  Throw in some chickpeas for some protein for all of you who enjoy a plant-based diet.

Vitamin B benefits: 

  • Barley is a potent source of B3, B6, and B7
  • Feta provides great B2, B6, and B12
  • Avocado offers the B5.
  • Chickpeas are a worthy source of B9 and protein.



  • 1 cup cooked pearl barley
  • 4 cups loosely packed kale; remove stems and cut into small ribbons
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp honey


  1. Cook pearl barley
  2. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and toss with the kale.
  3. Once barley is cool, toss with the kale/vinaigrette and remaining ingredients
  4. Add avocado just before serving.
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