Cook the barley according to package instructions. To save time, check out Trader Joe's 10 Minute Barley. To prepare the figs, make a thin slice off the top and bottom and quarter each one.
In a large bowl, combine the arugula, figs, and barley. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and a dash of sea salt. Pour over the salad and toss well. Serve with shaved parmesan flakes, to taste.
Add shredded chicken, lentils, or soft boiled eggs for a complete meal. Or serve alongside pork tenderloin for dinner.