Robust, chewy barley teams up with crisp broccoli, creamy avocado and tangy feta cheese in this flavorful side dish. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Diabetic Living Magazine


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook barley according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a large serving bowl; cool to room temperature.

  • In a microwave-safe dish, combine broccoli and the water. Microwave on 100% power (high) 2 to 3 minutes or just until broccoli turns bright green and is slightly tender, stirring once. Drain well. Stir into cooked barley.

  • For dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine vinegar, oil, Italian seasoning, mustard and salt. Cover and shake well. Toss avocado with the lime juice. Add dressing, avocado and nuts to the barley-broccoli mixture; gently toss to combine. Serve at room temperature. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Store in the refrigerator.


Tip: If you prefer, substitute farro, quinoa or brown rice for the barley. Start with the dry amount that yields 1 1/2 cups cooked.

Nutrition Facts

151 calories; 7.9 g total fat; 1.3 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 146 mg sodium. 252 mg potassium; 16.6 g carbohydrates; 5.2 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 4.9 g protein; 367 IU vitamin a iu; 43 mg vitamin c; 45 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 17 mg magnesium;