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Barley Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, and Corn
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5 from 4 votes

Barley Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, and Corn

This high-fiber barley salad with black beans, avocado, and corn is perfect for meal prep! Store in the refrigerator for a quick, healthy dish any time.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salads & Dressings
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: barley salad, easy lunch recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 256kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • Juice of 1 orange (about a ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or fruit-flavored white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (finely minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin — can use citrus-flavored)
  • 1 cup cooked barley (cooled)
  • 15 ounces black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (thawed)
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 medium avocado (pitted, peeled, and chopped)
  • 1 lime (cut into wedges)


  • Whisk together the orange juice, vinegar, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper until well-combined.
  • While continuing to whisk, add the olive oil in a steady stream.
  • In a large bowl, gently mix together the barley, black beans, corn, scallions, red pepper, and cilantro.
  • Add the dressing and toss to combine.
  • Before serving, add the avocado and garnish with lime wedges.


This recipe is for 4 servings of barley, black bean, and corn salad.
Gluten-free? Replace the barley with cooked brown rice or another gluten-free grain.
Watching carbs? Reduce the serving size or cut back on the amount of barley, black beans, and/or corn.
To save time, you could use a citrusy store-bought vinaigrette instead of making your own.
This dish can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. Don't add the avocado and lime wedges until you're ready to serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 31g