The addition of pea pods and raisins to rice and barley makes this crowd-pleasing salad extra nutritious. Chill for at least four hours to give the salad time to soak up the flavors of the low-fat orange dressing.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
4 cups water
1 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
½ cup regular barley
2 cups fresh pea pods, cut into thirds
¾ cup golden raisins
6 scallions, sliced
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
⅔ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
Shredded orange peel (optional)
Bring the water to boiling in a large saucepan; stir in uncooked wild rice and barley. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 40 minutes or until wild rice and barley are tender. Drain off liquid. Transfer wild rice and barley to a large bowl.
Stir in pea pods, raisins, scallions, the 2 teaspoons orange peel, the orange juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Cover and chill for 4 to 6 hours.
To serve, stir in mint. If desired, garnish with additional orange peel.