I don’t know about you but there’s nothing I love more than cold, zesty, healthy salads in the warmer months. I particularly like to make large servings of recipes that keep well in the refrigerator and can be eaten all week long. This Taco Fiesta Barley Salad fits the bill perfectly!
Barley, although regularly used in soups and stews is often mysteriously overlooked as an ingredient in cold dishes. Grown throughout the world from the Arctic to Ethiopia, this super versatile, chewy ancient grain contains not only numerous vitamins and minerals but is also incredibly high in fiber. Hulled, pot and pearled barley are all technically refined because a varying portion of the outer bran layer has been removed. However despite this, barley remains healthier than other refined grains because the fiber is distributed throughout the grain and is not just present in the outermost bran layer.
If you are looking to incorporate more ancient grains into your diet or are just looking for a fun and tasty new recipe, give this Taco Fiesta Barley Salad a try. Barley, beans and veggies are marinated in a lively combination of Mexican inspired spices to create a delicious, hearty, and energizing salad that you are sure to love!