Black Bean Barley Salad

Carol » September 03, 2009 » In Recipes » 4 Comments

Yummy For The Potluck

Yummy For The Potluck

This is one of my favorite salads. I discovered it in a Weight Watcher’s recipe book many years ago; it is currently on menu, served  at a wonderful local bistro called “Sam’s”  (that used to be an old gasoline station) so it has withstood the test of time. I’d wait to add the avocado until right before it is served.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

How To Cook Barley: Add 3/4 C. pearled barley to 4 C. boiling water for 45 minutes (for 3 cups cooked barley). Watch closely at the end because the water will have cooked away. You can lightly salt the water or add in vegetable broth. (My favorite is Better Than Bouillon–Vegetable base)

Serves: 9

  • 3 cups cooked barley
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups whole kernel corn, thawed or fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh tomato, small-dice
  • 1 cup green peas, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (I am leaving this out of my pot-luck dish; people seem to love cilantro or hate it)


  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBS. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 TBS. grated onion
  • 1 TBS. olive oil (could be left out for fat-free)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Romaine lettuce for garnish under the grains.

Combine 1st 5 ingredients in large bowl and toss gently. Combine the dressing  ingredients  in a jar, shake (or use immersion blender), and pour over salad. Toss gently. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note: Do not add avocado if you will not be eating salad that meal; otherwise it will turn brown. Add when ready to eat.

If you refrigerate and eat the salad another day, “freshen” it with some new lemon juice.

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4 Comments on "Black Bean Barley Salad"

  1. admin
    08/09/2009 at 4:09 pm Permalink

    Can’t wait to try this. I suspect the grated onion and lemon are going to give this salad great flavor.

  2. admin
    08/09/2009 at 6:39 pm Permalink

    This is one of my favorite salads!

  3. admin
    11/09/2009 at 9:31 am Permalink

    I agree, Donna.

  4. admin
    19/09/2009 at 4:11 pm Permalink

    This looks GREAT! I can’t do the barley (celiacs) but will substitute with a gluten-free grain!!

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