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

Serves 2
Time 30 min
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.
Special Diets:
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.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 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