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Quick & Crunchy Barley Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for a unique new salad to serve at your next summer barbecue, the following Quick & Crunchy Barley Salad is worth a try. This salad goes great with grilled steak, chicken, or even burgers. Not only is it a change from the usual summer potato, pasta, or coleslaw salads, it’s colorful, delicious, and healthy.
Most of us are familiar with barley as an ingredient in soup, but with its unique texture and nutty flavor, it’s a great choice for salads too. The bonus to using barley is that it is packed with all kinds of healthy nutrients. According to data from the USDA, 1 cup of cooked pearl barley contains less than 1 gram of fat, only 193 calories, 4 grams protein, and 6 grams of dietary fiber. In addition it contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, niacin, and folic acid. The quick cooking variety takes just 10 –12 minutes to cook, which is great for anyone in a hurry.
This terrific salad can be put together very quickly: chop the vegetables while the barley is cooking; when the barley is done, spread it on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer. While it’s cooling, make the dressing, then toss the ingredients together. If you know you’ll be rushed just before dinner, Quick & Crunchy Barley Salad can also be prepared up to two days ahead.
Quick & Crunchy Barley Salad
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