Salad in the winter? Bleh. It’s entirely too frigid outside to want to crunch on a plate of lettuce. I wanted to come up with a salad-like dish that will keep me feeling full in the winter. Nothing undoes the hard work of eating a healthy diet quicker than a growling tummy. As soon as I feel hungry, I’m reaching for a bag of M&Ms quicker than you can say “melts in your mouth, but not in your hand.” Not anymore!
I may be using the term “salad” rather loosely, but this Mediterranean Barley Salad is one of the first recipes I completely made up with my own dietary concerns in mind. I did some research on whole grains and found that barley has some interesting health benefits. Studies have shown that barley contains beta-glucan soluble fiber that can slow glucose absorption and control blood sugar levels. It’s a smart choice for diabetics and pre-diabetics alike. The boost in fiber is also what keeps you feeling full and satisfied. That should appeal to anyone who’s trying to reduce their overall caloric intake. Better yet, it tastes good! There’s no need to snatch up those M&Ms by the handful!
I’ve used barley as the base for this dish along with nutrient-packed veggies and lean protein. I suggest serving the salad at room temperature. I keep the leftovers in the fridge and nuke a serving for 30 seconds or so to take the chill off.
Get cooking. Let me know what you think. Love it? Hate it? I’m interested in hearing your feedback and suggestions.