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Mushroom Barley Salad

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  • Servings: 6

Photography: Linda Pugliese

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2013


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds mixed mushrooms, trimmed and sliced if necessary
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 small heads Bibb lettuce, separated, leaves quartered if large
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked barley (from 1/2 cup uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half the mushrooms with 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, about 5 minutes, and transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil, remaining mushrooms, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook shallot in 1 tablespoon oil over low heat until softened. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and simmer until reduced by half.

  2. Remove from heat; whisk in creme fraiche and remaining tablespoon vinegar. Whisk in remaining 5 tablespoons oil until combined. Add chives and thyme, and season with salt and pepper; let cool. Combine lettuce, barley, mushrooms, nuts, and parsley. Add dressing, tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • Julian
    18 MAR, 2014
    Looks like a tasty salad recipe we have here. Some people refer to salad as a "snack." With that being said, what alternative snack seasonings would you recommend including for this recipe and/or others?
  • karenfar
    22 JUN, 2013
    This is a GREAT salad. Very nice flavors that work well together. I wouldn't change a thing. I served it as an accompaniment with salmon for a perfectly balanced and healthy dinner.
  • Maisies Mom
    18 FEB, 2013
    This is a yummy, yummy salad. Couldn't find hazelnuts so substituted pistachios. So many wonderful flavors, and the barley made it so hearty. What a great lunch! Very pretty too.