Barley is a great source of fiber, B vitamins, and selenium. I serve it with apples in this bright, crunchy salad. For the corn kernels, I prefer fresh-roasted corn, but you can use thawed frozen corn kernels, too. The apples can be any variety or color that you like, or even a combination. All apples contain quercetin, a compound that helps support the immune system, thereby “keeping the doctor away.” Raisins provide antioxidants and resveratrol, the same compound found in red wine. My Honey-Lime Dressing increases the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting components of this recipe. —Grace O
1. Rinse the barley in cold water to separate the grains.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the barley, corn, apples, scallions, carrot, and raisins. Season with the salt and pepper.
3. Toss with garlic-free Honey-Lime Dressing.
Combine all the ingredients in a container with a tight-fitting lid and shake until well blended.
This is a very versatile dressing that you can toss with my Apple Barley Salad or with any mixed greens. The lime juice provides vitamin C, while compounds in the chili powder help to neutralize free radicals in your cells. If you want a spicier dressing, add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Both contain capsaicin, which stimulates circulation. This dressing makes the perfect marinade for my Summertime Grilled Chicken. The lime brings out the flavor of the poultry, and the olive oil keeps it from sticking to the grill. To use this dressing with fruit salad, simply omit the allicin-rich garlic–it will be nutritious!