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Barley, Bean, and Corn Salad

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)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Mix barley with remaining ingredients, except garnish, in a large bowl.
  3. Cover and chill several hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend.
  4. Garnish with cilantro or parsley sprigs, if desired, and serve.
  5. 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.

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