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Southwestern Barley Salad

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


This Southwestern Barley Salad is packed with delicious flavors of cilantro, lime, and seasonings. It’s healthy, wholesome, and perfect for picnics or lunch.


  • 1 cup uncooked barley
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 stalks green onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 large limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste


  1. Do ahead: Cook barley according to package instructions until tender (generally, boil for approx 1 hour in a large pot of salted water) Drain cooked barley in colander. Rinse, tossing, with cold water until starchiness is washed off.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir to combine well. Add rinsed/drained cooked barley. Stir to combine. Add additional kosher salt and pepper as needed. Let salad chill 1-2 hours, covered, for flavors to meld before serving.
  • Category: salad, side