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Barley salad with herbs and lemon
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5 from 4 votes

Barley salad with herbs and lemon

A hearty salad that combines the chewy earthiness of barley with a bright lemon flavor and a bit of crunch from carrots. Barley's health benefits extend beyond winter soups and stews... Fiber, potassium, folate, all in a bowl of fresh deliciousness!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer / Hors D'Oeuvre, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: barley, carrot, herbs, lemon
Servings: 4
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Veronique Eichler



  • Place 6 quarts of water in a large pot, add barley and 1 tbsp salt. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce and cook for 45 minutes (follow instructions on barley package as cooking times can vary per brand).
  • While barley cooks, grate the zest of the lemon over a large bowl.
  • Add lemon juice, mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and 3 tbsp olive oil. Whisk gently.
  • Add 1/4 cup chopped red onion and set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once barley is cooked, drain it thoroughly and spread it into the baking sheet to let it cool down.
  • Slice scallions, chop parsley, cilantro or any other herb you want to use.
  • Slice carrots very thin.
  • Add cooled barley to the dressing in the bowl, stir gently.
  • Add scallions, herbs and carrots, and mix throughly.
  • Serve cold or at room temperature.



You can add a can of cooked beans to make this a complete meal (cannellini or chickpeas would work very well).
Will keep a few days in the refrigerator.


Calories: 266kcal | Total Carbohydrate: 36g | Protein: 6g | Total Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 280mg | Dietary Fiber: 9g | Total Sugars: 1g | Vitamin A: 1739IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg