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Beans & Barley Salad

(recipe, Emily Koehler)


A recipe named for my favorite restaurant, "Beans & Barley", in Milwaukee, WI.


  1. 1½ cups pearl barley
  2. ½ cup red onion chopped fine
  3. 1¼ cups fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
  4. 1 Tbsp. capers
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  7. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  8. 1 15.0 -oz can white beans
  9. 1 head lettuce
  10. 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  11. salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Bring 2 qts water to boil in medium saucepan. Add salt and barley, simmer until barley for about 25 min.
  2. Add parsley, capers, and garlic into a mortar and pestle. Grind, and add lemon juice and mash until smooth. Transfer to small bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When barley is tender, drain well and transfer to large bowl. Add beans and toss. Drizzle with dressing and toss with tomatoes.
  4. Serve over chopped lettuce. Serve immediately.