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

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

219.6 calories; 4.5 g protein; 25.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 221.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2008
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 cucumber. You can also add a can of garbanzo beans to make it a vegetarian main dish. We topped with feta cheese for a real Mediterranean flair. With the modifications it was great! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2011
although DH and I enjoy trying new recipes this was a total flop. May have been a texture issue for us. Read More
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60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/21/2008
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 cucumber. You can also add a can of garbanzo beans to make it a vegetarian main dish. We topped with feta cheese for a real Mediterranean flair. With the modifications it was great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2008
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 for more ways to use it up. The second time I made this salad I used roasted red peppers (in the jar) in place of the dried tomatoes in the dressing. Yum yum. A great salad to experiment with! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2010
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 pepper for colour. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2008
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 leftovers for lunch today. I didn't change anything although the olives I bought at the deli were marinated in olive oil and mixed with pine nuts which was a nice addition to the salad. I might add some chili pepper flakes next time just to give it a little kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2008
Love this recipe. I added toasted pine nuts more olive oil folded in and a little bit of red wine vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2010
One of my favorite recipes. Barley is a nice change of pace for a salad. I add chicken and feta cheese. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/03/2011
although DH and I enjoy trying new recipes this was a total flop. May have been a texture issue for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
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 better. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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