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Barley salad with fresh herbs in a bowl with a spoon

Warm Barley Salad with Fresh Garden Herbs

A versatile and delicious warm pearl barley salad with mustard, lemon juice and fresh garden herbs.
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Course: salads, side dishes
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: barley salad recipe, herb salad, pearl barley recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 277kcal
Author: Kristi


  • 1 cup pearl barley rinsed in a fine mesh strainer
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallion greens or chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.  Add barley and 1 teaspoon salt.  Reduce heat to medium and cook until barley is tender, about 35-40 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, whisk shallot, mustard, lemon juice and olive oil together in the bottom of a serving bowl.  Add the warm barley and herbs and stir to combine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and additional lemon juice.  Serve warm.


Adapted from Martha Stewart Living, April 2012


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg