Colorful pieces of dried fruit stud this warm barley salad, which goes savory with a honey mustard dressing. Feel free to use whatever mix of dried fruit you have on hand in your cupboard.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook barley in boiling water, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 40 minutes. Add dried fruit and cook 1 minute more. Drain barley mixture well and transfer to a large bowl.

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  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Toast almonds in a small rimmed baking sheet or pie pan until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.

  • While barley cooks and nuts toast, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until browned around edges, 6 to 8 minutes. Add onion to barley and toss to combine.

  • Whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk in remaining tablespoon oil and pour dressing over salad. Toss well. Sprinkle salad with toasted almonds and toss lightly.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 4.7g 9% DV; carbohydrates 35.6g 12% DV; fat 6.3g 10% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 292.2mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2019
Enjoyed this salad very much. Changes: increased the fruit-to-barley ratio, minced the red onion, did not cook the onion, and ate the salad cold. I thought the mustard in the dressing was way too prominent when first mixed, but fine after a few hours in the refrigerator. (I frankly can't imagine eating this warm, upon mixng, but that may just be a personal taste.) I'm getting my appetite back following a stem cell transplant and I need to pack a lot of nutrients into what I do eat. My latest 'craving' is pasta salad, so I've been replacing grains for pasta in old recipes and trying new grain salad recipes. This one is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2016
All the ingredients sounded great but the whole salad just didn't taste right like the flavors didn't blend. Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2019
Enjoyed this salad very much. Changes: increased the fruit-to-barley ratio, minced the red onion, did not cook the onion, and ate the salad cold. I thought the mustard in the dressing was way too prominent when first mixed, but fine after a few hours in the refrigerator. (I frankly can't imagine eating this warm, upon mixng, but that may just be a personal taste.) I'm getting my appetite back following a stem cell transplant and I need to pack a lot of nutrients into what I do eat. My latest 'craving' is pasta salad, so I've been replacing grains for pasta in old recipes and trying new grain salad recipes. This one is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2019
I substituted balsamic vinegar for the honey mustard and left out the cider vinegar and salt. Very good!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2016
I was unsure about this recipe at first but was willing to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. I thought the ratio of all the parts was pretty even. I toasted the almonds on the stove instead of waiting for the oven to heat up which saved time. As mentioned by another review I also thought the dressing was very salty on its own however once it is all mixed together the flavor is very subtle. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2019
Trying to eat more grains & made this yesterday. The only changes I made were extra raisins cranberries & almonds because I didn't have apricots. I liked picky husband didn't. If I make it again I will add garlic celery and walnuts instead of almonds as others have suggested. It's a good base better the next day. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/10/2016
The dressing alone was very acidic and salty but when added to the very bland barley it evened out. I would like more onion to up the flavor a notch or maybe leave the onion raw for stronger flavor and crunch. Also I might prefer bacon pieces on top rather than the almonds but that would make it less healthy. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2016
All the ingredients sounded great but the whole salad just didn't taste right like the flavors didn't blend. Read More
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