1 cup pearl barley
1 ½ cup lower-sodium vegetable broth
1 ½ cup water
6 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
1 crushed clove of garlic
1 small yellow or orange pepper finely chopped
½ seedless cucumber, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
In a 3-quart saucepan, combine barley, vegetable broth, and water. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 35 to 40 minutes or until barley is tender. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, pepper, cucumber, extra -virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, hot pepper sauce, salt, and paprika. Add cooled barley, stirring until well mixed.
Top with thinly sliced avocado.