Barley is a great source of fiber, B vitamins, and selenium. I serve it with apples in this bright, crunchy salad. For the corn kernels, I prefer fresh-roasted corn, but you can use thawed frozen corn kernels, too. The apples can be any variety or color that you like, or even a combination. All apples contain quercetin, a compound that helps support the immune system, thereby “keeping the doctor away.” Raisins provide antioxidants and resveratrol, the same compound found in red wine. My Honey-Lime Dressing increases the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting components of this recipe.
½ cup corn kernels
2 2/3 cup chopped apples, peels on
2 Tbs. chopped scallions
½ cup shredded carrot
½ cup raisins
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
1 recipe Honey-Lime Dressing, garlic omitted
1. Rinse the barley in cold water to separate the grains.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the barley, corn, apples, scallions, carrot, and raisins. Season with the salt and pepper.
3. Toss with garlic-free Honey-Lime Dressing.