Barley and black bean salad in a bowl
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Low-Sodium Barley-Black Bean Salad Is Packed With Flavor

By on 10/15/2021

For a different spin on salad, try this low sodium recipe. With very little cholesterol, it packs in flavor with lime juice, Monterey Jack cheese and cilantro.


  • 1 cup quick-cooking pearl barley
  • 1 can (15 oz) no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese or pepper jack cheese, cut into 1/4-inch thick cubes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Cook barley according to package directions, omitting salt.

Drain barley in a colander, and rinse with cold water until completely cooled.

In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add barley to black bean mixture; toss gently. Serve chilled.

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6

Serving size: 3/4 cup

Per Serving: Calories: 250 Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Sodium: 70mg; Carbohydrates: 42g; Fiber: 12g; Protein: 13g.

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Date Last Reviewed: February 6, 2017

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