Mediterranean Barley Rice Salad

READY IN: 32mins
Recipe by Katzen

From Canadian Living, a deliciously interesting salad that can be made from 30 minutes to 24 hours ahead! Time does not include 30 minutes minimum chill time.

Top Review by yavonya

I made this recipe for my daughter's wedding - the guests loved this recipe and the ingredients are every day items that I keep in my kitchen. I did decrease the lemon juice to 1/4 cup and used 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar.- but that was the only change I made. I've made this recipe several times since then and we all agree it tastes even better the next day. More flavorful.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In saucepan of boiling salted water, cook barley until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well. Let stand for 10 minutes to dry. Transfer to large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, bring 1 1/2 cups salted water to boil. Add rice; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until tender and no liquid remains, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add to barley mixture; let cool.
  3. Cut tomatoes in half; add to barley mixture. Cut onion, red pepper, and cucumber into 1 inch chunks, add to barley, tossing to combine.
  4. Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper, pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  5. To serve, stir in spinach and feta cheese.

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