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Colorful Barley Salad

Chili powder and cumin give this distinctive barley salad a subtle Tex-Mex flavor. It's a super make-ahead side dish. Folks commented on how hearty and tasty it was when we served it at our wedding barbecue.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    24 servings


  • 3 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed chicken broth, undiluted
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups medium pearl barley
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley


  • In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, combine chicken broth and water; bring to a boil. Add barley; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until barley is tender. Cool slightly.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, chili powder and cumin; pour over barley and toss well. Gently stir in the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a serving bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 206 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.

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