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Tomato barley salad

I lied again. Another post sans sugar. I promise I will cease my lying once the new year begins. I have a few more hours.

I have been on the frugal side lately, so I scoured our pantry for a salad ingredient in anticipation of a family gathering. I had purchased pearl barley on sale a few months ago, and spotted it on the top shelf. Perfect! So here you go, friends, a totally made-up, yet delicious and healthy salad for your next gathering. Your family and friends will love it. Mine did.

By the way, a giveaway is coming in the next day or so because I love you all so much! Stay tuned!

In a large saucepan, combine:

1 1/2 cups uncooked pearl barley

3 cups water

Place pan over medium heat and cook until simmering. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until liquid is dissolved and barley is tender. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a medium bowl, combine:

Cooked barley

1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons basil, chopped

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. You will love this, I promise, even sans sugar. 

Enjoy! Happy 2013, friends!

Printable recipe: Tomato barley salad

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Reader Comments (3)

This looks so fresh and perfect for New Years Day !:-)

01.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Ann

Hi there!

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01.2.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesica Dolin

Made it this evening, and it's delish!!!! Love it!!

01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimmy G

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