Vegan Barley, Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf

Cranberry barley pilaf salad
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    55 mins
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Make a healthy whole grain barley pilaf recipe made with wild rice and cranberries and flavored with orange juice, a touch of salt and fresh parsley, with chopped walnuts for extra texture and protein. Barley pilaf is a nutritious and high-fiber side dish or vegetarian main dish.

Or, use this mixed grain pilaf to stuff an acorn squash or another oven-roasted fall squash for a colorful fall or Thanksgiving dinner entree.

Perfect for a vegetarian Thanksgiving!

Recipe courtesy the National Barley Foods Council.

See also: 8 of the best barley recipes to try

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Optional: Feta cheese, greens for serving

How to Make It

In medium saucepan with lid, bring water to a boil. Add pearl barley, wild rice and salt; return to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook about 40 minutes or until barley is tender but chewy.

While the barley and wild rice mixture is cooking, pour the orange juice over the dried cranberries and set aside.

Drain any excess liquid from cooked barley and rice mixture. Place barley and wild rice in large bowl.

Drain cranberries, reserving 5 tablespoons orange juice. Toss cranberries with barley and wild rice.

Mix reserved orange juice with lemon juice and onion. Whisk in olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over barley mixture. Add chopped parsley and toasted walnuts; mix well.

If you're not eating vegan, you may want to top your cranberry pilaf off with a bit of crumbled feta cheese; or, to turn it into a salad for lunch, plate it with a few greens, either on a bed of butter lettuce or romaine lettuce leaves, or, some mesclun greens, arugula or kale italia

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Makes 6 servings.

See also: What is barley?

Per serving: calories 416, protein 9g, fat 24g, carbohydrates 45g, cholesterol 0; fiber 6g, sodium 183mg.