Barley & Zucchini Jar Salad

a delicious barley salad
A delicious barley salad
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2 tbsp Olive oil divided
¼ cup Barley quick cooking
½ cup Water
½ Zucchini medium to large zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
1 tbsp Red wine vinaigrette
½ cup Cherry tomatoes halved
½ cup Bell pepper chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

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Barley & Zucchini Jar Salad


I adore this Barley & Zucchini Jar Salad for a filling and delicious lunch option. The secret to great flavor in this salad is the barley toasting step. Toast for a few minutes in a skillet with oil until golden brown. This step brings an added flavor level that will blow your mind!

Start by toasting the barley in a small skillet with olive oil. Finish cooking the barley by simmering in water until all absorbed and the barley is cooked through. Fry zucchini on each side until golden brown. Assemble the salad by pouring the vinaigrette into the bottom of the jar. Add tomatoes, barley, zucchini then bell pepper in layers and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

To make my version of Barley & Zucchini Jar Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Barley & Zucchini Jar Salad


Sauté barley


Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the barley to the pan and sauté until browned and toasted. Remove the skillet from heat and set to one side.


Cook barley


Place ½ a cup water in a small saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and bring the water to a boil. Add the toasted barley to the pan and cover with a lid. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the liquid is completely absorbed and the barley is cooked through. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside to cool.


Fry zucchini


Heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat in a small skillet. Add the thinly sliced zucchini and fry until golden brown on each side.


Drain and season


Remove the cooked zucchini to a plate lined with a paper towel. Season the zucchini with salt and pepper and leave to cool.


Layer the salad into a jar


Pour the vinaigrette into the bottom of a mason jar. Add the tomatoes, cooked barley, cooked zucchini and the chopped bell pepper in layers in that order.




Seal the jar and chill in the refrigerator until serving.



Pour the contents of the jar into a bowl or enjoy straight from the jar!

This Barley & Zucchini Jar Salad is a delicious lunch which you can prepare in advance. Try it out soon and don’t forget to tag #CookMeRecipes in your healthy lunch posts.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 16
Alora Leger

Took me a while to fit the zucchini in there and ended up chopping it into little diced cubes.

Miyah Finkley

Unique and creative I expected no less coming from my favorite cheif Jelena!

Christiana Beights

So my first jar recipe was actually a dessert you guys have called strawberry acai breakfast after that i became hooked on making things in these cute little cups :)

Maryjane Jedziniak

Awesome barley zucchini salad loved the taste a lot.

Rylynn Chandi

Toss in some bacon bits or stripped bacon then thank me later (-;

Agnes Tappa

Cool idea but i used a bowl instead cause i dont have a jar.

Britney Foy

My kids were super excited to try this out just because of the whole jar concept, going to start making more things out of jars like this.

Lilyana Klitzing

Replaced the red wine with white instead cause red leaves a bitter taste.

Siena Fante

This was certantly interesting making this i actually bought a jar just for this recipe too lol its small but very good and easy to make though i think it could use a little more room to eat it so next time id recommend a bowl i know people want to be fancy but it becomes super messy instead if you put it in a jar.

Karissa Gilford

Loved the taste but not the design i think its too much.

Lillie Mangabat

Would recommend it for sure though cramming everything in can be a bit difficult at times.

Addalynn Scarpati

It was very good just didnt add cherry tomatos and put sundried instead.

Kourtney Knox

Huge crowd pleaser I made this for my brothers birthday in little jar cups and everyone was asking how everything fit and how i managed to make something so delicious in a small containter!

Aiyanna Nau

Very flavorful and simple to make thanks so much for sharing it .

Leilah Gauze

Going to try this out today looks awesome.


Delicious salad for my lunch!

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