Veggie Barley Salad Recipe
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Veggie Barley Salad Recipe

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"When I took this salad to a family potluck, it was such a hit! I often fix it with basil-flavored vinegar that I make each summer. The longer this chills, the tastier it gets." --Kathy Rairigh of Milford, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 211 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 334mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 7g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch.


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the broth, water and barley to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until barley is tender. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomato, zucchini, yellow pepper and parsley. Stir in barley. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, water, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper. Pour over barley mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Just before serving, stir in almonds. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Veggie Barley Salad in Light & Tasty June/July 2007, p19

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GranMarion____MN User ID: 300952 78252
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I love this salad. The only addition I made was 1/3 cup of pine nuts I had that I toasted. The salad didn't need them but I wanted to use them up."

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