Barley Salad

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Greek Barley Salad

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Hands mixing a Barley Salad in a white bowl

Prep

10 minutes

Yield

4

This Greek Barley Salad is so easy to make, and the perfect recipe to prep for a healthy lunch to reach for all-week-long.

This Greek Barley Salad is one of my favs recently for an easy recipe I can meal prep when I’m having a busy week. I’ll make it up, and store it in mason jars in my fridge to easily grab-and-go, or in one big bowl to eat from for the week. It’s healthy and so tasty so I can feel good about eating it.

Greek Barley Salad in a bowl

❀️ Why You’ll Love Barley Salad

  • Healthy: This salad is loaded with veggies and healthy grains, and you will feel good about nourishing your body with this salad
  • Delicious: I love anything with a Greek spin to it, and the mix of flavors in this Barley Salad is so flavorful and good

🍲 Ingredients

Barley – Barley is high in fiber which can help with both your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It is great for your digestion and can be substituted into any recipe that calls for grains

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Dressing – This dressing is a simple, Greek dressing that you can use on this salad, and just make it on its own to use on other salads. It is a tasty and easy recipe to have in your back pocket

Hands mixing a Barley Salad in a white bowl

πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ How to Make Barley Salad

  1. Make the dressing: whisk together all of the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add all of the salad ingredients, drizzle over the dressing, and then toss to combine.

πŸͺ„ Tips and Tricks

  • Protein: For extra protein add 2 cups chopped cooked chicken or one 14-15 oz can of white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • Dressing: You can use any dressing on this salad that you love. You can even use store-bought dressing if you prefer

πŸ—’ Variations & Substitutions

  • Healthy Chicken Salad: This is a similar version of this salad but with more beans. It’s so tasty!
  • Grain: You can use couscous, barley, quinoa, or whatever you prefer for this recipe and it’ll change the consistency but still taste so good
Close up of Barley Salad


πŸ—’ Best served with

πŸ‘ How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days. The dressing will marinade the salad over time and become more and more flavorful, but it may change the consistency of some of the veggies so you might want to keep them separate.

πŸ€” Common Questions

Is barley better for you than rice?

Barley is a whole grain. It contains more fiber, and health benefits than white rice. It also is higher in protein.

Do I have to rinse barley before cooking?

No, you don’t! You can just cook it as is by following the instructions on the package.

Why is my barley slimy?

Barley is stretchy and should be rinsed after cooking before fluffing it with a fork to nail the perfect texture.

Greek Barley Salad

5 from 4 votes
This Greek Barley Salad is so easy to make, and the perfect recipe to prep for a healthy lunch to reach for all-week-long.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 485 kcal
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Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cooked pearl or regular barley (about 3/4 cup dry barley)
  • 200 g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red pepper, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup regular or garlic-stuffed green olives, halved
  • 1 cup diced red onions

For the Greek dressing

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Instructions
 

Notes

  • For extra protein add 2 cups chopped cooked chicken or one 14-15 oz can of white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • If you like this salad, try ourΒ Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.9g | Protein: 12.4g | Fat: 30.2g | Saturated Fat: 10.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15.7g | Cholesterol: 44.5mg | Sodium: 1343.9mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 7.3g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Lina

5 stars
Easy to prepare and super yummy. I love it! Thanks for the recipe, it’s gorgeous!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, sweetie!

Catherine Remick

5 stars
Easy to prepare and delicious!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Catherine!!

Christine Hall

Delish! It was my first time using barley and I loved the texture in this salad. It’s so full of flavour! And the dressing is SO good, I’ll definitely be saving this recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

That makes me so happy, thank you Christine!

Katelyn Hurst

5 stars
So delicious!! Even my picky 6 year old loved it. Made my week much more enjoyable. Thank you!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much hun!

Chloe Devarennes

Absolutely delicious!!! I loved pairing it with the chicken gyro meat and get tzatziki recipe!!! My whole family loved it and it was fun to make!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Chloe!!!

PATRICIA QUEEN

5 stars
Perfect! I used Quinoa because I prefer it. Considering adding Avocado too.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Patricia!

5 from 4 votes

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