Barley Lime Fiesta Salad


I got a barley salad at ShopRite and loved it so much that I had to make it. This easy recipe is what I came up with. I enjoyed this alongside my smoked chicken and bacon sandwich with avocado spread; it was the perfect complement! All the ingredients for the vinaigrette are by eye and to taste.

Barley Lime Fiesta Salad
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup pearl barley

  • 1 (8.75 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • ½ (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 small red onion, chopped

  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 large carrot, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • ¾ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin


  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder, or to taste


  1. Bring water and barley to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until barley is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, drain if necessary, and chill barley in the refrigerator.

  2. Combine cooled barley, corn, beans, onion, bell peppers, carrot, celery, chipotle pepper, oil, salt, black pepper, and cumin in a large salad bowl.

  3. Make vinaigrette: Whisk together water, cilantro, corn syrup, oil, lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, and onion powder in a medium bowl. Pour vinaigrette over barley mixture and toss to combine. Refrigerate salad until thoroughly chilled.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 263mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 19mg 95%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 246mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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