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Greek Chicken and Barley Salad

21 Jun

I love the medley of bright color and flavors in this salad

I’m constantly trolling the internet trying to find recipes to incorporate different grains into my diet. I could very well be addicted to this salad. It’s so healthy and chock full of so many subtle flavors. It makes a great and filling lunch. Since I first found the recipe on cookinglight.com, its been a go-to recipe of mine.

I love the addition of fresh herbs to this salad but I wasn’t wild about the dressing called for in the original recipe. Be warned that barley will soak the dressing up. So, if you’re not eating this in one sitting (um, this single girl certainly isn’t) you’ll want to add the dressing just prior to serving. I’ve had this with a Caesar type dressing and an Asian-style dressing and both were yummy.

Kat’s version:

  • 3 cups water or chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • 12 oz pre-cooked and diced chicken
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced and seeded
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil or 1 tsp fresh
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh (lemon thyme rocks in this salad)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional)
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 cup green onion, diced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced olives

Cook barley and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients. Add dressing of choice; I typically use store bought Lite Caesar or this Asian-style dressing when I want a change of pace.

Serves four

Nutritional information – values per serving are approximate (does not include dressing):

Calories 321.5 Total Fat 6.5 g Cholesterol 66.0 mg Sodium 367.9 mg Potassium 557.3 mg Total Carbohydrate 40.2 g Protein 26.1 g

Inspiration:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/greek-chicken-barley-salad-10000001949707/

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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Barley, Chicken, Feta cheese, Grains, Salads

 

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