Mediterranean Barley Salad

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Man, I really hate Valentine’s Day. A holiday totally made up by the greeting card industries. & all the kissing! Just yucky.

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I already cannot wait to get to work so I can watch all of the ladies get flowers delivered. I LOVE seeing ladies get flowers at work – they just glow.Β & all of the red! I look great in red – this is the perfect holiday.

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I just have such fond memories of V-Day from elementary school. In 3rd grade, we got to make our own valentine boxes that the kids could drop off little notes inΒ & I made mine out of used mini muffin wrappers. Needless to say, I got lots of valentines that year.

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Love today, people. Just love someone. & if you have no one to love, love this salad.


Time: 20 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4


  • 12 oz. of barley
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of arugula or spinach
  • 1 tbsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Cook barley according to package directions, strain + set aside
  • In a bowl, combine onion + red pepper + chickpeas + sun-dried tomatoes + arugula + cilantro
  • Add warm barley + lemon juice + feta + S+P
  • Eat straight out of the giant bowl you combined everything in because it’s Valentine’s Day & you CAN

18 thoughts on “Mediterranean Barley Salad

  1. Danika Maia says:

    I was about to roll my eyes so hard at the first sentence and then I was SO HAPPY you said you love valentines day too. I LOVE IT. Even when I didn’t have a boyfriend I loved giving candy to friends and those cheesy little cards and my mom and dad always get me a little card or chocolate or something. It’s just cute!! So sue me!


  2. Debbie Spivey says:

    You had me going there for a minute, girl… Hating Valentines and all…lol! This salad looks great! I am gonna Pin this one to my Meatless Monday board for later consumption…
    Have a great weekend to you and yours. HAPPY VALENTINES!! ❀


  3. blondescooktoo says:

    Why the red onions on V-day? That’s a guaranteed unnecessary tear-jerker. Quick tip…. let the red onions soak in ice-water for about 10 minutes prior to cutting and that’ll reduce the tear inducing fumes that come from these tastey yet demon-y little devils. But hellllloooooo food. There isn’t a meal (or bottle of wine) that I’ve had that I’ve hated. Home cooked food for the win(e) on Valentine’s Day!


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