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8 Cups
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
45 minutes


1 cup pearl barley, rinsed (see Notes)
3 cups water
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped sweet snap peas
2 cups chopped apple (1 to 2 medium apples) or another fresh fruit or veggie, chopped 
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
½ cup chopped green onion
1 Tablespoon vinegar
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ cup lemon juice or lime juice


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Place barley and water in a 2 or 3 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pan and cook until barley is tender, about 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. Rinse cooked barley briefly in cold water. Drain.
  4. Add remaining ingredients. Toss well.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Substitute different fruits and vegetables in season.
  • Add nuts or seeds for added protein.
  • Pearl barley is high in fiber but it is not a whole grain. If using whole grain barley (also called hulled barley), add 20 to 30 minutes to the cooking time.
  • If you have barley that is already cooked, measure about 3 1/2 cups into a large bowl and begin at step 4.