Southwest Barley Salad: High Fiber Side Dish

When I found barley while I was out of town I bought two boxes because I didn’t know if they would have it where I usually shop.  They in fact did which I was so happy about.  I bought it to make my Sausage and Barley Soup but I still have a bit of barley.  I have been looking for barley recipes so if you have a favorite barley recipe let me know.  One suggestion was just to use it in place of rice as a side dish.  This recipe has sort of a southwest flair.  It also has plenty of fiber and is vegetarian.

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I cooked my quick pearl barley in 2 cups of beef broth instead of water for this recipe.  This gives it plenty of flavor but feel free to just cook in water.  Here are the directions for my quick cooking pearl barley in case you are buying it in bulk.  My box said to add barley to the boiling liquid giving it a stir.  Cover and reduce to simmer.  Then cook 10-12 minutes.  I went for 10 minutes so that the barley would soak up the flavor of the lime dressing.

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If you are using regular pearl barley then you can use 1 cup as it tends to puff up more than the quick cooking kind.  Bring 3 cups of beef stock or water to a boil and then add barley.  Cover and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes stirring occasionally.

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I did not but feel free to season the barley while it is cooking.  I didn’t want my salad to turn out too salty so I skipped that and seasoned after I had added the dressing to the whole mix.

  • 1 1/2 cup of quick cooking pearl barley, cooked in beef broth or 1 cup of regular pearl barley cooked in beef broth
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP hot sauce, optional

Combine barley, black beans, corn, and tomatoes in a large bowl & set aside.  Mix lime juice, olive oil, cumin and cayenne in a separate bowl until well combined.  Pour over barley mixture and stir well so that dressing is well distributed. Give it a taste and season as you see fit with salt and pepper.  Add hot sauce if you would like.  It needed something a little extra and hot sauce was it for my family but it was good without as well.

I served it with beer battered tilapia with which we love to have malt vinegar.  My DH liked malt vinegar on the salad too so that is an option as well.

Southwest Barley Salad

Southwest Barley Salad

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