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Barley Corn Salad

A terrific alternative to pasta salad, this colorful side dish adds refreshing herb flavor to corn, barley, and red and green peppers. Bring it to your next get-together and see how fast it disappears! —Mary Ann Kieffer of Lawrence, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups cooked medium pearl barley
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the lemon juice, oil, salt, thyme and pepper; shake well. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
    Freeze option: Prepare salad without onions and cilantro. Transfer to freezer containers; freeze. To use, thaw completely in refrigerator. Gently stir in onions, cilantro and a little oil if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 156 calories, 5g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Elizabeth
    Jun 29, 2020

    This was absolutely delicious. I used all red pepper because I don’t like green. I used farro because my barley didn’t smell right. It was so tasty and pretty.

  • cLeighw
    Jun 27, 2020

    Wonderful. Couldn’t get barley due to coronavirus so I got bulger which worked out fine. I will definitely be making this again!

  • Mpalogan
    Jun 21, 2020

    Just made this salad and it is DELICIOUS!! The barley and corn and fresh veggies are so light and tasty. The Lemon and thyme dressing is wonderful too! It’s a keeper for sure.

  • Catherine
    Jun 19, 2020


  • Jimmy
    Jun 19, 2020

    While this recipe may look and taste good it is loaded with carbs. This can't be good for a person.

  • Cherie Hill
    Aug 19, 2013

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  • Karenaeschliman
    Jun 10, 2013

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  • FloraJL
    May 16, 2012

    I misread the recipe and did 2 cups barley, cooked instead of 2 cups cooked barley. Oops! Still incredibly delicious!

  • cheryl_schweizer
    Jun 16, 2011

    Nice, fresh, light taste! Great.

  • cnymom
    Oct 19, 2009

    Delicious! I really enjoyed this salad.