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Two salad bowls filled with grain based barley salad with vegetables. Maple Dijon Mustard salad dressing is on the side.

Barley Salad with Vegetables

Learn to make Vegan Barley Salad with this easy recipe. A delicious grain based barley salad is made with colorful healthy vegetables, capers and walnuts. Homemade dijon maple vinaigrette makes it super flavorful.
Course Colorful Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword barley salad, easy barley salad, easy hearty salad, grain based vegetable salad, how to cook barley in Instant pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 128kcal


to make Dijon Maple Vinaigrette


  • Cook barley in salted water according to the instructions below.
  • Chop vegetables. Whisk the dressing.
  • Drain and let the barley cool completely.
  • Place chopped vegetables, capers and walnuts in a large bowl, add barley and dressing.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


Cooking Pearled barley on stove top

Bring 3 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil. Add 1 cup barley. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 25 minutes or until the barley is tender. Drain any liquid and cool completely.

Cooking Pearled Barley In Instant Pot

Put 1 cup of pearled barley, 2 cups water , 1 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a stackable container ( separate from main insert) Put 1 cup of water in the main steel insert and put the trivet. Put the barley container on the trivet and close the lid with valve sealed.
Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. After it is done cooking, wait for 5 minutes and release the pressure. Open the lid. Fluff the barley with the fork. If you notice too much liquid, drain it out using colander. Cooked barley is ready !

Homemade Salad Dressing

I use high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, grainy Dijon mustard, pungent red wine vinegar and pure maple syrup to balance the acidity. Add a dusting of salt and pepper.
The key to emulsify the dressing perfectly is to slowly add olive oil while whisking. So mix all other ingredients well. Then slowly pour olive oil while you are still whisking.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 463mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g