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Festive Barley Salad

This salad is super easy and also travels well! If desired, it can be made a day ahead and chilled. All it may need is a little extra dressing, a toss and it’s ready to serve.

Also, it is very versatile. It can be made with other whole grains like brown rice or quinoa (for gluten-free versions) or orzo pasta. Just substitute 3 cups of cooked grain/pasta for the barley in this recipe.

Festive Barley Salad (adapted from

3 cups cooked pearled barley (pearled barley can take 45-60 minutes to cook. I use quick pearled barley, Quaker brand, which cooks in 10 minutes)

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves

½ teaspoon salt, ground black pepper

1 can corn, drained

1 cup diced fresh tomato

1/2 cup finely chopped red or green bell pepper

2 green onions, thinly sliced

Combine olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt and a dash pepper. Pour dressing over warm barley; toss to coat. Cool in refrigerator. Add corn, tomatoes, bell pepper and onions. Serve immediately or chill. Makes about 5 cups. Enjoy!

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