Summer Barley Salad with Corn and Chickpeas


I buy a pack of Trader Joe’s 10-minute whole grains (barley, farro or wheat berries) pretty much every week. They’re goof-proof, and offer a nice alternative to rice or quinoa. I was able to whip up this salad in the 10 minutes it took to cook the barley, and enjoy it for lunch all week long.


1 package 10 minute barley (makes 3 cups cooked)

1 can no salt/sugar added corn

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 can sliced black olives

1 bunch of parsley, chopped

Lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt to taste

Cook barley according to package directions. Meanwhile, dice tomatoes, and put them in a large bowl with chickpeas, corn, olives and parsley.

Once barley has cooked, add it to the bowl.

Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Add salt to taste. Mix to combine. Serve warm or chilled.


  1. Posted June 11, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Mmm this looks fantastic Janel! I usually opt for the ten-minute wholegrain rice when cooking that, too impatient after work usually when cooking up dinner 🙂 I wish we had Trader Joe’s in the UK, they sell so many nifty ingredients! I hope you have an amazing day 🙂 x

  2. ewjanel
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Quick cooking is key! Maybe one day Trader Joe’s will expand to the UK. Do you have anything similar there? Hope you have a great day as well!

  3. Posted June 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I wish I lived closer to a Trader Joe’s. This sounds like a fantastic grain mix. I’ll look for it the next time I’m near one. Your salad sounds really yummy and perfect for summer.

  4. ewjanel
    Posted June 12, 2014 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Hi Janel – love your name! 😉

    The cool thing about trader joe’s is that most of their products are actually other name brands under the TJs label, so there’s a good chance those 10-min grains are sold in other stores, too!

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