Apple Barley Salad

If you like to add grains to salads (especially for growing kids in the house) you can stick with rice or give barley a try.

Barley has a nice nutty flavor and provides an excellent source of fiber.

One of my favorite barley dishes is apple barley salad.   You can serve it as a side dish (goes well with grilled chicken), or it makes a great salad topper (place one cup over 2 cups of baby spinach).

Ingredients:

1.5 cup dry barley (makes 3 cups cooked)

Dressing:

2 T honey

2 T Dijon mustard

4 T apple cider vinegar

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

1 shallot, minced

2 cup celery, sliced thin

2  Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

½ cup dried cranberries or cherries

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook barley according to package -OR- cook it in a rice cooker. For every rice cooker cup of barley, add 2 rice cooker cups of water.  Turns out perfect every time!  Let the barley cool.

In a small bowl, prepare the dressing.

In a large bowl, combine salad and barley.  Toss the salad with the dressing.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Enjoy!

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