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Active time
15 minutes
Total time
1 hour
6 servings
Serving Size
about ¾ cup per serving

1 cup hulled or hull-less barley

2 ½ cups water or vegetable (or chicken) stock 

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

1 stalk celery, sliced

1 cup frozen corn or fresh

1 carrot, grated

¼ cup frozen peas

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup halved grape tomatoes

1 cup chopped fresh spinach leaves 

½ cup sliced button mushrooms


  1. Add barley to water or stock. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, and cover. Add lemon zest and simmer for approximately 45-50 minutes, or until barley is tender to your taste. Allow to rest for 10 minutes then transfer to a bowl, fluff with a fork and cool slightly. 
  2. Add celery, corn, carrot, and peas. Season with salt and cool completely before layering in jars.
  3. Layer the salad, the tomatoes, the spinach and the mushrooms in any order that suits your fancy. The photo shows tomatoes followed by mushrooms, barley/corn salad then spinach – a good choice if the salad will be in the jar for long.

If you’ll be serving the salad immediately you may want to make the layers fancier: Place a layer of barley salad on bottom of jar. Arrange half the tomatoes over salad. Arrange half the spinach, then half the mushrooms. Repeat these four layers again, starting with another layer of barley salad, so you have two layers of everything.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Steve Petusevsky. For more delicious recipes from Steve, who is one of the WGC’s culinary advisors, visit his website here.


Calories 150
Total Fat 0.5g
Sodium 420 mg
Carbohydrate 34g
Fiber 7g
Protein 5g

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: about ¾ cup per serving

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