This is a salad that I have embarrassingly had on my list of things to try for over a year now and just got around to it. Thanks to the sweet Mr. Wishes for reminding me 😉
This idea is inspired by an amazing salad I used to order at Hillstone restaurant while we were temporarily living down in Miami for 5 months last year. Their barley salad had such wonderful textures and flavors to it and I vowed to try to recreate it once I was home. A year later, here it is! And you know what? It’s FAN-tastic. One of the best salads I’ve had in a long time. The sweet/salty combination is marvelous and it is the perfect 4th of July side dish. But, if you plan on feeding more than 3-4 people, you might just want to double the recipe. You can replace the pears with apples and the almonds with walnuts or pecans, if you prefer.
Whether your plans include packing a picnic basket or hosting a BBQ, make sure to put this barley salad on the menu. Those trying to eat healthy will appreciate it most of all. It’s great served hot, cold or room temperature, which makes it perfect for summer, in general. It will also go well with other foods, so you won’t have to fuss too much with your menu. And, last but not least, everyone will love it!
This year, why don’t you reach beyond your grandma’s potato salad and make this. Or, maybe, just make room on your plate beside it 😉
*makes 3-4 servings, more if using as just a side dish*