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Barley is an ancient grain and a good source of fiber. It also supplies trace minerals such as zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and iron, plus some B vitamins. Barley commonly appears in soups but its chewy texture makes it a wonderful addition to pilafs and salads.

Citrus Barley Salad

3 cups cooked barley

1 red pepper, diced

1 English cucumber, diced

1 medium red onion, diced,

2 stalks celery, diced

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1 cup broccoli florets

1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

Juice of 1 orange

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi

salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large bowl, combine the barley with all of the vegetables and chopped herbs. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss until vegetables are well-coated with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!