Lunch-in-a-Jar: Cherry Pecan Grain Salad

Lunch-in-a-Jar: Cherry Pecan Grain Salad

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Recipe Rating: 3.39417
Serves 2
As beautiful as it is delicious, this layered salad with bright flavors from arugula, blue cheese and dried cherries will leave your coworkers or fellow picnickers green with envy.
Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1/4 cup prepared salad dressing, or lemon juice
  • 2 cups packed baby arugula
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/4 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
Method: 
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil simmer over medium heat. Add barley and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. 

In a small bowl, toss barley with dressing. Layer barley and remaining ingredients in two wide-mouth jars. Top with tight-fitting lids and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 3 days.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 490 calories (200 from fat), 23g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 360mg sodium, 65g carbohydrates, (12 g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 8g protein.
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