Warm Barley Pizza Salad

1 Mar

Depending on where you live, winter can be a long, slow-moving season. It normally feels like we have 5 months of winter in Wisconsin, which can make it difficult to get fresh produce regularly. Luckily, many fruits and vegetables thrive in colder climates, and they are pretty easy to throw together in a tasty salad.

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What’s better than a boring salad? A warm barley salad with all the toppings you’d normally find on pizza! Yep, this salad combines the fiber and hearty nutrients of barley with the indulgent taste of pizza. This dish is also loaded with veggies. In fact, you can add whichever ones you prefer, or pick a few from the below infographic. Bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and squash would all be lovely in this dinner.

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What’s your favorite way to get fruits and veggies during the winter? Leave your ideas in the comments below, and enjoy this recipe!

Warm Barley Pizza Salad

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes

  • 1 C quick-cooking barley (dry), or any grain you please
  • 1 C water
  • 3/4 C vegetable broth
  • 4 oz pizza sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 block frozen spinach, thawed (or 3 cups fresh, washed and dried)
  • 1 tbsp pizza or Italian seasoning
  • 1 small can black olives, sliced
  • shredded cheese and chili flakes, to serve (optional)

Dice, mince and rinse the veggies and beans before you begin cooking.

Combine water, broth, and barley (or other grain) in a pot, and cook according to package directions. Note: I used quick-cooking barley, which only took 10 minutes on the stove.

In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook the onion, garlic, bell pepper, black beans, and spinach for 10 minutes. Stir in the olives and pizza or Italian seasoning, and turn off the heat.

Drain off any excess liquid from the cooked barley. Mix in the cooked vegetables and pizza sauce. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with freshly shredded cheese and chili flakes. Serve warm.

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2 Responses to “Warm Barley Pizza Salad”

  1. Diana March 1, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    That looks so inviting, easy to share with friends when they come over. I need to find a fun, painted bowl like that; it would make it all the more special!

  2. Old Things R New March 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    I like adding barley to soups, so I am excited about adding it to a salad. I spend the winter in Florida to get my fresh veggies.

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