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5 from 9 votes

Italian Barley Salad

This colorful and flavorful salad is a great make-ahead dish and is perfect for you next potluck, picnic, BBQ or any occasion!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 1 1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley (for GF version use quinoa, millet or GF grain of choice)
  • 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.
Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg