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Barley "Pasta" Salad

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 5 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
The flavor and texture of barley are similar to that of pasta, so we combined it with the typical pasta salad ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely chopped seeded tomato
  • 1 cup thinly sliced spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) diced part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pepperoncini peppers
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano

Nutrition Information

  • calories 153
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 5.2 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 2.6 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 6 g
  • carbohydrate 22.4 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 7 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 436 mg
  • calcium 107 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add barley; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain.

  2. Combine the juice, oil, and salt in large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add barley, tomato, and remaining ingredients; toss gently to coat.