Southwestern Barley Salad Recipe
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Southwestern Barley Salad Recipe

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Cilantro comes through in this colorful side that's zesty but not too spicy. It also makes a great luncheon dish when served with sesame breadsticks, sherbet and sugar cookies. It's sure to satisfy! —Tommi Roylance of Charlo, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups cooked medium pearl barley
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 233 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 9g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the water, lemon juice, onion, oil and garlic; shake well. Pour over barley mixture and toss to coat. Serve on lettuce-lined plates. Garnish with avocado and tomatoes. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Barley Salad in Light & Tasty June/July 2003, p31

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CGingrich User ID: 5288561 63077
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"This was such a GREAT salad!! So easy to make. This one is a keeper. I used grape tomatoes, not the chopped seeded tomatoes, also used light olive oil instead of the Canola oil. I put the corn & peas in when they were frozen. Next time I think I will try Lime juice, just to see how it may taste. I saved some of the dressing to dip the avocado in, so that they wouldn't brown, then poured what was left over all. I think this could almost be a meal in itself."

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