KRNC recipe of the month – Pesto caprese barley salad

A twist on traditional caprese salad with pesto-tossed barley as the base.

Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:A salad in a white bowl. Within the salad is lettuce, tomato and chicken.

  • 2 cups cooked barley, cooled
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (1 pint), sliced in half
  • 4 ounces mini fresh mozzarella balls
  • Balsamic glaze


  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup nuts (pine nuts, cashews, walnuts, or other)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook barley per instructions on package. Cool.
  2. Put all of the pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Add pesto to cooled barley, stir to coat evenly.
  4. Mix in mozzarella and sliced tomatoes.
  5. Optional-top with balsamic glaze.
  6. Leftovers can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information / Amount per serving

Calories – 405 kcal

Total fat – 29 g

Saturated fat – 6.5 g

Cholesterol – 22 mg

Sugars – 2 g

Protein – 14 g

Total Carbohydrates – 25 g

Dietary Fiber – 6 g

Sodium – 421 mg

Added Sugars – 0 g

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