Barley matches up with earthy, tender beets and the crunch of fresh celery, radishes and nuts in this beet salad recipe. Red beets turn your salad a gorgeous magenta. For a softer color, use golden or chioggia baby beets instead.

Anna Thomas
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2013


Recipe Summary

2 hrs
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Scrub beets under running water. Wrap the damp beets in heavy-duty foil (or a double layer of foil), crimping it closed to make a packet. Place in the oven and roast the beets until tender when pierced with a fork, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size. Unwrap; when cool enough to handle, slip off the skins with your fingers. Cut the beets in quarters lengthwise.

  • Meanwhile, combine water, barley and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer and cook, uncovered, until the barley is tender, but still chewy, 40 to 50 minutes. Drain well and spread out on a baking sheet to cool.

  • Whisk vinegar, oil, mustard, honey (or agave), pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the beets, celery, radishes and scallions; toss to coat. Let the vegetables marinate in the dressing for about 15 minutes. Stir in the barley.

  • Just before serving, stir in basil and top with nuts.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4 (don't add radishes), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Stir in radishes and basil and top with nuts before serving.

Tip: Toast nuts before using in a recipe for the best flavor. To toast whole nuts, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes. To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 5.9g; carbohydrates 34.3g; dietary fiber 7.9g; sugars 10.4g; fat 11.9g; saturated fat 1.4g; vitamin a iu 250.6IU; vitamin c 9.3mg; folate 133.1mcg; calcium 50.9mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 63.3mg; potassium 535.4mg; sodium 367.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 3g.

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Rating: 5 stars
I was skeptical about this recipe but it is actually a very tasty dish!! The amount of water to barley seemed high. I soaked 2 cups of barley in 4 cups of water for 4 hours. I strained the 2 cups of barley from the soaking bowl and added it to 4 cups boiling water on stove. Reduced the heat and let it simmer for 40 minutes. Added salt half way through. The barley came out tender and delicious. All the added veggies (radishes basil scallions) really added a lot of flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
3/4 cup barley and 6 cups of water? error i am sure. Read More