Turkey Barley Sesame Salad
2 cups hot cooked pearl barley (cooking directions below)
4 to 5 tablespoons prepared sesame oil salad dressing
3-1/2 cups torn fresh salad greens
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
1-1/2 cups cubed cooked turkey
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup sliced green onions
Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
Drizzle salad dressing over hot cooked barley; toss gently to coat. Cover barley and refrigerate until cool. To assemble salad, drain mandarin oranges, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid. Combine mandarin oranges, 2 tablespoons reserved orange liquid, cooled barley, turkey, celery and green onions. Toss gently. Arrange salad greens on 4 dinner plates. Mound barley salad over greens. Sprinkle each serving with toasted sliced almonds, if desired. Makes 4 entrée servings.
Per serving: calories 253, protein 12g, carbohydrates 27g, fiber 5g, fat 11g, cholesterol 19mg, sodium 180mg.
To cook pearl barley
In medium saucepan with lid bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add 1 cup pearl barley; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 45 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed. Makes about 3 cups.
NOTE: Place any extra cooked barley in an airtight container and refrigerate or freeze for up to a week. When ready to use, thaw and add to soups, stews, salads or casseroles for extra flavor and fiber.