Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

In addition to fiber, whole grains like wild and brown rice offer plenty of vitamins B6, E, and folate to maintain heart health. Serve with pork tenderloin.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Spoon rice mixture into a medium bowl. Add chickpeas, raisins, and green onions.

Step 2

Combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour over barley mixture; toss well. Cover; chill 2 hours. Stir in basil and almonds.

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Ratings & Reviews


January 08, 2016
I thought this was pretty good but slightly boring. Definitely a healthy side dish. Maybe I will try adding a few things like suggested below.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

February 09, 2012
Hearty, healthy lunch dish, or side. I subbed in diced prunes instead of raisins. Cant wait to eat the leftevers.

Momeroni's Review

June 05, 2011
Everyone said it was good. I agree that walnuts and substitutions could be made. I would also stir in the green onions at the end so that the vinegar does not strip the color. I used dried garbanzo-quick soak to adjust for time and add 1 3/4 cup broth for 1 cup of quick soaked garbanzo beans.

carolsg's Review

August 19, 2010
Everyone loves this recipe. I've made it many times with many substitutions. I've done all rice, sometimes brown, all barley or even couscous. Ive used dried cranberries or dried blueberries instead of or in addition to raisins. I've replaced the almonds with walnuts and the green onions with red onion. It's a great go-to-recipe. Whatever you have on hand works. I've made it many times as a side dish or a main course with good bread.

zardja's Review

April 30, 2010

riggaroo's Review

May 21, 2009
This is a great cold salad. It is healthy and light. It really compliments a piece of meat. The hot entree and cold salad go well together. I really like it with sauteed fish. I left out the raisins.

wilmabrown2000's Review

April 05, 2009
I think this recipe has a good basic flavor. But the chicken broth that I used must have been too strong because it overpowered all the other flavors in the salad. Next time I will try a milder broth solution and probably increase the vinegar/mustard dressing amount.

Mom2VinLisa's Review

February 10, 2009
I am always trying to find new grain recipes everyone likes and this one was a keeper. I didn't use the raisins, had to substitute shallot for the green onions but it was still outstanding. I made it for a familly dinner and everyone wanted the recipe. I served it with roasted chicken and vegetables.