Lemony Broccoli Barley and White Bean Salad

4.86 from 7 votes
35 minutes
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Lemony Broccoli, Barley and White Bean Salad is a light and lively Mediterranean-inspired salad that’s perfect for a healthful lunch or side dish for almost anything!

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The inspiration behind this recipe:

With all the delicious winter food I’ve been indulging in lately like my Italian Pot Roast and Cheesy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie, I’ve been craving something on the lighter side.

I actually purchased this broccoli to make another wintry dish that involved cheese but my tastebuds weren’t feeling it.  Besides a green side salad this fall and winter, it felt like ages since I had a really good vegetable salad.

When most people think “broccoli salad,” the classic with the dried fruit, bacon, cheddar cheese and mayo dressing probably comes to mind.  Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of that salad.

Bye-bye old-fashioned broccoli salad!  Enter the broccoli salad reinvented with this Lemony Broccoli, Barley and White Bean Salad!

How to make Lemony Broccoli,  Barley and White Bean Salad:

This fresh, vibrant lemony broccoli salad is super easy to make!

  • First, you’ll need to cook the barley.  Simply bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and add the barley.  Let that boil away for 15 minutes or so until the barley is cooked but still al dente.
  • Drain it in a sieve and rinse with cold water to cool it down.  Let the barley drain thoroughly before adding it to the salad.
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  • Combine fresh, chopped broccoli, red onion, drained and rinsed canned white beans such as cannellini (white kidney beans) or Great Northern.  Cannellini beans have a creamier texture while Great Northern are a little more “grainy” which is fine for a crunchy fresh salad such as this one.
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  • Add the remaining ingredients:  Chopped Kalamata olives, chopped fresh parsley, garlic and then mix up a simple, simple lemon dressing.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper….
  • Stir and enjoy!
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Light, healthful and flavorful Lemony Broccoli, Barley and White Bean Salad!

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Serve over lettuce such as butter lettuce, arugula or spinach.  Perfect for lunch or a side salad with dinner!  Definitely NOT your momma’s old-fashioned broccoli salad!

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Lemony Broccoli Barley and White Bean Salad

4.86 from 7 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Lemony Broccoli, Barley and White Bean Salad is a light and lively Italian-inspired salad that's perfect for a healthful lunch or side dish for almost anything!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dishes – Salads
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 -6
Calories 506 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Salt
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 can (15-ounce) cannellini beans (white kidney beans) - or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large bunch broccoli - heads and tender stems coarsely chopped (reserve stems for another use)
  • 1/2 small red onion - cut into slivers
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley - plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the barley and boil approximately 15-18 minutes or until barley is cooked but still al dente.
  • Drain in a sieve and rinse with cold water. Drain again and set aside.
  • Combine beans, broccoli, red onion, parsley and Kalamata olives in a mixing bowl. Add drained and cooled barley.
  • Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Pour dressing over salad and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add dressing when ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1658IU | Vitamin C: 155mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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6 Comments

  1. This is very tasty. Nice way to use pantry and fridge staples. I tried this because I had a cup of barley floating around. It would be good with farro, too. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi, Virgie! Thanks so much and so glad you enjoyed! You’re right… I think it would be great with farro, too! Thanks again and hope you’ll try some of my other salads!

  2. I made this over the weekend and it was Delicious!! I had leftovers and it was even better for lunch the next day…barley didn’t get mushy at all. The lemony dressing really made this salad shine! My family loved it and I will definitely be making this again as the weather warms up. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Linda, Thanks so much and so glad you and everyone enjoyed! This is definitely a great salad to make all year long! Thanks again!