Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes
Number of Servings: 12
- 2 cups cooked barley (cooking directions below)
- 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup corn (canned and drained, frozen, or fresh cooked)
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh cilantro or parsley sprigs, for garnish (optional)
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Mix barley with remaining ingredients, except garnish, in a large bowl.
- Cover and chill several hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.
- Garnish with cilantro or parsley sprigs, if desired, and serve.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
- One large ear of corn makes about 1 cup of cut corn.
- Freeze extra lime or lemon juice to use later.
- Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.
- Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.
- Place any extra cooked barley in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze. Add cooked barley to soups, stews, casseroles and salads for a healthful fiber boost.
To cook barley:
In a medium saucepan with lid, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add 1 cup barley and return to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 45 to 60 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed. Makes about 3 to 3 1/2 cups.