Barley Salad with Herbs

This is a great salad recipe that's light enough for a hot day in September, but is nice and filling.  Barley is a wonderful, fiber filled grain that will help you to feel fuller, longer.


1 1/2 cups pearl barley (not quick-cooking)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots (about 1 medium)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup roughly chopped fresh herbs

Read the full recipe and directions at Martha Stewart.

Four Grain Salad

This is a fantastic salad that makes a great lunch.  Fiber and unprocessed grains do not cause spikes in blood sugar and can help you to feel full longer, aiding weight loss.

  1/2 cup brown rice

  1/2 cup black heirloom rice

  1/4 cup barley

  1/4 dried winter wheat berries

  1 large sweet onion, rough chopped

  6 ounces grape tomatoes, sliced

  4 green onions, sliced

  1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  6 ounces sliced white mushrooms

  Kosher salt

  Freshly ground black pepper

  ½ cup toasted chopped pecans (optional)

Read the complete recipe and directions at