Excellent salad! I hadn't thought of barely in a salad before, but now that this recipe has opened my eyes, I'm going to do it more often! I cooked the beets in a steamer above the barley, and that had the effect of turning the barely pink. Another good idea to keep in mind, but I think in this recipe I'd prefer the barley to be more natural. Also, just to be fancy, I put the greens on the bottom of the plate, molded the barley with a little terrine on top. Then topped that with the beets, sprinkled the walnuts all over and drizzled with the dressing. Woud be a super nice salad to present to guests if you have the occasion to served plated salads.
This is even better than expected! Use canned whole baby beets & it's even simpler. Everyone loved it! Made for Veggie Swap 3/12.