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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