Barley Ham Salad Recipe

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A pleasant alternative to pasta salad, this colorful side dish gives barley, cubed ham and a medley of vegetables. "Every time I make it for a crowd, I bring copes of the recipe," says Sheryl Hershberger of Donalds, South Carolina. "As a busy wife and mom of four, I like the fact that it can be made ahead of time.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 6 cups cooked medium pearl barley
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 envelope (.7 ounce) Italian salad dressing mix

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 234 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 8g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the dressing ingredients; shake well. Pour over barley mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Barley Ham Salad in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p5

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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