August 24, 2009

Tuesdays At The Table - Confetti Barley Salad

Welcome to another yummy Tuesday, gang! I've been trying a lot of your recipes lately and want to (again) thank you for all the great stuff that you continue to contribute to Andrea's weekly meme. :-)

We've had a few new people join us in the last few weeks; WELCOME! Please share your favorite recipes and/or food tips, then link up and visit all the other contributors. I want everyone to have as much fun as possible and perhaps get a few new followers!


This week I decided to share something healthy since the past few weeks (or, um, month have been junk food).

Confetti Barley Salad

4 cups water
1 cup dry pearl barley
1/3 cup dijon mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves (or 2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups diced peppers (red, yellow or green)
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup sliced pitted olives (optional)

Rosemary, orange peel and tomato slices to garnish.

In a saucepan (3 quart or so), bring water and barley to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-50 minutes (when barley gets tender). Drain and cool.

In a small bowl, whisk mustard, oil, vinegar, parsley rosemary, orange peel and sugar until combined. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine barley, bell peppers, green onions and olives. Stir in mustard dressing and toss to coat well. Garnish and serve. (This tastes best when it's been refrigerated for a few hours to absorb all flavors.)

What's cooking in your kitchen?


  1. {{{{{{{{{{{{{COLE}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
    That sounds really yummy and super different. I don't think my husband would eat it but I'll try anything.. well not so much anything in the meat department.

  2. Wow, I've never had this but sure does sound good.
    Happy Twirls

  3. This sounds great. I have been looking for some barley recipes lately to use up a bag I bought on sale. I will definitely use this one, thanks for sharing!!

  4. hmmm, there's nothing healthy cookin in my kitchen ;-) You're setting a good example for me!

  5. Hubby is going to love this recipe - yummy! :)

  6. This sounds terrific. I will be giving it a try. I hope you will join me at for Crock Pot Wednesday. Mister Linky is up and waiting for your link. Thanks for hosting Tuesdays at the Table.

  7. Now I have to modify my dinner menu to incorporate this recipe! My husband will absolutely love this recipe it includes so many of his favorites.

  8. This sounds yummy and healthy!


  9. I love barley. I always wonder why it isn't served more often. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It sounds yummy.

  10. This sounds delicious!

    Next week I definitely will link up! I need some content for my blog...Dory seems to hog all the attention...LOL.

    The Mama - Beth

  11. Ooh, me loves barley!!!

    Justine :o )

  12. I never have tried the above salad but it sounds delightful.

  13. Thanks so much for posting to Crock Pot Wednesay. I'm looking forward to what you have to say next week:)


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