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Beet, Barley & Walnut Salad

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“I love grain salads and find those made with barley tend to keep very well. If you make this ahead, you'll just need to store the beets separately. I think this makes enough for about 8 as a side. This came from Alive Magazine. I like to add some fresh herbs into the dressing, whatever I have on hand. Other types of vinegar would work well here.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you have one, use a pot that has a steamer attachment.
  2. Bring about 4 cups of water to boil, add in the tsp of salt and the barley. Stir, cover, reduce heat to low and leave to cook for 40 minutes. Stir a few times along the way to prevent sticking.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and scrub or peel the beets then dice them into cubes. Place them into your steamer attachment and steam them over the cooking barley for about 20 minutes, (or steam seperately in another pot if need be). Do a knife test to be sure they're done, you want them firm but easily cut through. Move the cooked beets to a bowl to cool.
  4. While the beets steam, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, mustard, the 1/4 tsp salt (or less to taste) and peper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive and walnuts oils to get a nice emulsion. Toss about 1/4 of the dressing into the cooling beets and set aside.
  5. Once the barley is cooked, rinse in cold water to cool and then drain well. Fluff the barley with a fork and toss with about 3/4 of the remaining dressing. Toss in the arugula or other salad greens and the toasted walnuts.
  6. Spread the barley/salad mixture on a large serving dish. Top with the beets and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

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