Skip to main content

Fiesta Barley Salad

A bright and colorful salad with a combination of grains, veggies, and fruit.
Bowl of mandarin orange and barley salad with a wooden serving fork.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Makes: 7 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

1 cup pearl barley (see Notes)
3 cups water
¼ cup raisins or other dried fruit
1 cup peas or other vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned, drained and rinsed) (See Notes)
3 cups chopped lettuce
1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
½ cup sliced green onion (any type)
1 Tablespoon vinegar (rice vinegar or any other)
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Place barley and water in a 2 to 3 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer until barley is tender, about 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. Rinse cooked barley in cold water for a short time. Drain and put into a large bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Try substituting different fruits and vegetables.
  • Cook frozen vegetables according to package directions or to 165 degrees F.
  • Pearl barley is high in fiber but is not a whole grain. If using whole grain barley (also called hulled barley), add 20 to 30 minutes to the cooking time.
  • If you have barley that is already cooked, measure about 3 ½ cups into a bowl and continue with step 3.

Comments

Did this as an all school tasting and kids were not receptive to it because the green onions had too strong of a presence. Might try substituting bell pepper or cucumber with a small amount of cilantro instead next time.

You might also like...

Recipes A to Z (without photos)

Southern Seasoning
Image of Southern Spice Mix

Southern Seasoning

This spicy seasoning mix combines flavors to create savory meals with heat. Good with soups, stews and vegetables or use as a dry rub for meat, fish and poultry.
Prepare:
5 minutes
Makes:
about 1/2 cup
Orange Rice Salad
Big bowl of a colorful mixture of rice, orange and parsley.

Orange Rice Salad

A flavorful combination of hearty rice, fresh citrus, crunchy nuts, and sweet raisins, this salad makes the perfect side dish. Add a protein for a filling and satisfying lunch!
Prepare:
15 minutes
Makes:
5 cups
Fish Tacos
Platter of corn tortillas with creamy slaw and fish filling served with lime wedges.

Fish Tacos

30-minute tacos with a creamy slaw, tangy lime and a hint of cayenne.
Prepare:
20 minutes
Cook:
20 minutes
Makes:
8 tacos
Master Mix
Glass jar labeled Master Mix with a flour-based baking mix.

Master Mix

Make your own baking mix to have on hand for quick biscuits, pancakes and other recipes.
Prepare:
10 minutes
Makes:
10 cups
One-Pan Spaghetti
Big bowl of spaghetti topped with grated parmesan cheese.

One-Pan Spaghetti

This classic spaghetti recipe is even easier when made in one pan!
Prepare:
10 minutes
Cook:
30 minutes
Makes:
10 cups
Green Pea Soup
Bowl of creamy Green Pea soup.

Green Pea Soup

Warm and comforting pea soup - perfect for the cold weather.
Prepare:
5 minutes
Cook:
15 minutes
Makes:
4 cups
Was this page helpful to you?