Middle Eastern-Style Summer Salad

April 28, 2015

Author Notes: Like oats, barley contains a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. However, unlike some other grains, the entire barley kernel contains beta-glucan. This means that even when processed, its soluble fiber remains intact. This recipe was written by the Healthline Editorial Team: http://www.healthline.com/health-recipes/middle-eastern-style-summer-salad Healthline

Serves: 4


Salad Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked barley
  • 3 large tomatoes, red or yellow, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup diced kalamata olives
  • 1/2 preserved lemon, diced (or 1/4 cup caper berries)
  • 1 bunch chilled blanched asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans, drained

Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1/4 cup za'atar spice
In This Recipe


  1. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients until emulsified.
  2. Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over salad, and stir until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Madcat September 8, 2017
The combination of all these ingredients made for a delicious and satisfying light meal. I substituted almonds for the pistachios and used coriander in lieu of za'tar...simply because it is what I had on hand.