Barley Lime Fiesta Salad

Got this at ShopRite® and loved it so much I had to make it. This is what I came up with. I had this alongside my smoked chicken and bacon with avocado spread sandwich. Perfect complement! All the ingredients for the vinaigrette are by eye and to taste.

Original recipe makes 8 servings


1 cup pearl barley
2 cups water
1/2 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (8.75 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
3/4 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped, or to taste
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup, or to taste
1 tablespoon canola oil, or to taste
1 tablespoon lime juice, or to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar, or to taste
onion powder, or to taste

  • PREP

    30 mins

  • COOK

    30 mins


    3 hrs


  1. Bring the barley and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and chill in refrigerator.
  2. In a large salad bowl, combine the cooked barley, black beans, green and red bell pepper, corn, celery, red onion, carrot, chipotle pepper, 1 tablespoon of canola oil, salt, black pepper, and cumin until thoroughly mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, corn syrup, 1 tablespoon of canola oil, lime juice, lemon juice, cilantro, white vinegar, and onion powder; pour dressing over barley mixture, and toss to combine. Refrigerate salad until cold.


Calories: 166 kcal
Carbohydrates: 29.9 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 4.5 g
Fiber: 5.5 g
Protein: 4.1 g
Sodium: 263 mg