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Fiesta Barley Salad

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Makes: 7 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


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


  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.


  • Try substituting different fruits and vegetables.
  • 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 1/2 cups into a bowl and continue with step 3.


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.

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