Kale & Apple Barley Salad

Fresh and flavorful, this salad is loaded with all of the essentials- including barley!
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish


For the Salad

  • 1 cup hulless barley
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups kale, shredded
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the Dressing

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil then add barley. Reduce heat and simmer until barley is tender and liquid absorbed about 35-45 minutes. Alternatively: Place water and barley in Instant Pot. Close lid, set to sealing, and turn on to high pressure for 35 minutes. Conduct natural pressure release or quick valve. Drain and rinse when done.
  • While the barley cooks, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk until combined.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, including the barley, and mix until well combined. Stir dressing and enjoy!