This colorful and flavorful Italian Barley Salad is a great make-ahead dish and is perfect for your next potluck, picnic, BBQ or any other occasion!
I did something I never thought I’d do.
I never, ever thought I’d replicate, or even want to replicate, airplane food. But I did and here it is!
On a recent trip back home from Europe we were served a barley salad as the side dish and it was actually very good. So much so that our 6 year-old daughter asked if she could have ours too! Fortunately for me our 8 year-old son didn’t want his :) As our daughter was eating it she asked me if I could make it “as soon as” we got back home. So the next day she got her wish.
This salad is a great make-ahead salad as the flavor is even better the next day.
Let’s get started!
Make a batch of Homemade Italian Dressing.
Place all the veggies and parsley in a large bowl and add the cooled, cooked barley. Stir to combine.
Add the Homemade Italian Dressing and stir to thoroughly combine.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours before serving.
This colorful and flavorful salad is a great make-ahead dish and is perfect for you next potluck, picnic, BBQ or any occasion!
- 1 1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup Homemade Italian Dressing (click link for recipe)
Cook the barley in salted water for about 45 minutes or until the barley is tender but still chewy. Drain and cool completely.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the Homemade Italian Dressing and stir to thoroughly combine. Chill in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours before serving. Can be made a day ahead.