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Mediterranean Barley Salad

Rated as 4.38 out of 5 Stars

"A great chilled whole-grain salad to serve with grilled chicken, or on its own for lunch. Can be improved with a combination of whole grains, but the barley works on its own."
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Ingredients

1 h 45 m servings 220 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Bring barley and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the barley is tender, but still slightly firm in the center, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool to room temperature in a bowl. Watch Now
  2. Puree the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and balsamic vinegar in a blender until smooth. Pour over the barley. Fold in the cilantro, olives, and remaining olive oil until blended. Cover, and refrigerate until cold. Stir before serving. Watch Now

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 220 calories; 11.8 g fat; 25.9 g carbohydrates; 4.5 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 221 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This salad is okay, but I don't like black olives and I thought it was missing something. I substituted Kalamata olives for the black olives, used basil instead of cilantro, and added chopped cu...

Most helpful critical review

although DH and I enjoy trying new recipes, this was a total flop. May have been a texture issue for us.

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This salad is okay, but I don't like black olives and I thought it was missing something. I substituted Kalamata olives for the black olives, used basil instead of cilantro, and added chopped cu...

This is a very good healthy salad. I decided to get "creative", and I added a large spoonful of a great artichoke tapenade (Gertie's) that I got at Costco....it was a huge jar & I was looking f...

Excellent salad. Someone mentioned having the feeling that something was missing. I agree, I added a 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese and a little bit of salt and it worked great for me.

Delicious! I doubled the dressing, used basil instead of cilantro, kalamata olives, and made it one day in advance. Before serving, I added feta cheese and some finely diced red bell peppe...

I've been looking for more ways to include healthy grains into my family's diet, and this salad worked perfectly as a side. It was yummy, satisfying, and easy to make! I'm going to have the lef...

Love this recipe. I added toasted pine nuts, more olive oil folded in and a little bit of red wine vinegar.

One of my favorite recipes. Barley is a nice change of pace for a salad. I add chicken and feta cheese.

although DH and I enjoy trying new recipes, this was a total flop. May have been a texture issue for us.

I followed the recipe pretty much exactly and threw in a handfull of pine nuts at the end. I thought it was delish just after making and look forward to tomorrow since every one said it gets bet...