Spiced Raisin and Pine Nut Barley Salad


Spiced Raisin and Pine Nut Barley Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings

This spiced barley salad is nutritious, delicious, and simple to make. Packed with fiber and protein, enjoy it alone, as a side dish, or on top of salad. Don’t forget the hot sauce and a dollop of nonfat plain Greek yogurt! Not a fan of barley? This recipe will work well with brown rice or couscous, too. You can also use dried cranberries instead of raisins!


  • 1 cup dry barley (or brown rice, or couscous)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. each of: cumin, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, black pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste!


1) In a medium sized pot, add barley (or brown rice/couscous), vegetable broth, and water.

2) Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until all liquid has been absorbed and the barley is fluffy.

3) Add all other ingredients into a large sauté or stir fry pan. Stir ingredients together over medium high heat for about 3 minutes, then add in the cooked barley.

4) Stir until evenly mixed. Serve warm and enjoy! Top with hot sauce and nonfat plain Greek yogurt, if desired.


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