Whole-grain barley is the most nutritious kind because only the outer husk has been removed. Look for it in health-food stores.
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add barley. Reduce heat, and simmer for 50 minutes or until tender; drain. Cook beans according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Combine the barley, beans, and next 6 ingredients (beans through salt) in a large bowl, and toss well. Sprinkle with cilantro.
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