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Fruited Barley Salad

Fruited Barley SaladRecipe courtesy of Georgia Pecan Commission.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups water
1 cup quick-cooking barley
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (1.23-ounce) granola bars
2/3 cup Georgia pecan halves
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups chopped mixed fresh fruits, recommend kiwi, strawberries, fresh blueberries
Ground cinnamon for sprinkling

Cooking Directions:

  1. In medium-size pot, heat water to boiling. Add barley and salt, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, uncovered, 5 minutes. Spread barley on baking sheet to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, cut granola bars into small crouton-like cubes; set aside.
  3. Toast pecan halves in skillet or oven until toasted, crisped, and fragrant; set aside.
  4. Combine yogurt and maple syrup, mixing until blended; set aside.
  5. When barley has cooled, transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the granola pieces, pecan halves, and fruit mixture, tossing gently.
  6. To serve, spoon salad onto individual plates. Serve with yogurt dressing and a shaker of ground cinnamon to sprinkle as desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Tip: For convenience, the barley can be made the night before and refrigerated, leaving just a few quick steps to make this healthy salad ready for a morning meal.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 251; Total Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Total Carbs: 37g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 4g; Sodium: 224mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Georgia Pecan Commission.