Wild Rice and Barley Salad Print Email

1 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup Lundberg brown and wild rice mix, or brown rice
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
3/4 cup rinsed and drained canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/3 cup golden raisins, raisins, dried currents or other dried berry
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes or until liquid is absorbed – if rice is still firm, a little more water can be added. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Spoon rice mixture into a medium bowl. Add chickpeas, dried berries, and green onions.

Combine vinegar and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Pour over barley mixture; toss well. Cover; chill 2 hours. Stir in basil and almonds. 8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup) – adapted from Cooking Light