Tuna & Barley Salad

The theme for Monday Posts in July is Salads.

All types of salads – although there are only 4 Mondays I shall try for variety.

Last month I did ‘side’ salads; this month they will be main course salads.

We love main course salads and have them for dinner 3 or 4 times a week during the summer.

You can find more in Salads: Main Lettuce and / or Salads: Main Pasta by clicking the links.

If you are just looking for Salad Dressings….

The main course salads are meant to be a complete meal so usually include lots of veggies.

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Tuna & Barley Salad

This is a nice change from pasta salads and, with quick-cooking barley it’s quick & easy to make. Keeps and travels well.
This serves 2 as a meal but 4 – 5 as a side salad at a picnic.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


  • 2/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) quick-cooking barley
  • 1 1/3 cup (11oz, 340ml) chicken broth
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 9oz (270gr) tuna, broken apart
  • 1  rib celery, chopped
  • 1 cup peas frozen, thawed, no sauce
  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
  • 2 tbs fresh, snipped basil
  • Creamy Dressing:
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 4 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
  • 4 tbs mayonnaise


  • Put barley and chicken stock in a small saucepan.
  • Cover and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes for quick-cooking barley.
  • Make dressing: Put all ingredients into a bowl and stir well to combine.
  • To finish:
  • Put barley into a large bowl. Add tuna, eggs, peas, tomatoes, celery, herbs, dressing and stir well to combine.


Thaw peas by running under hot water; drain well.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 790
  • Sugar: 8.5 g
  • Sodium: 1856.8 mg
  • Fat: 33.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.9 g
  • Fiber: 14.8 g
  • Protein: 51.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 259.6 mg

Keywords: barley, tuna, tuna salad, picnic salads

Tuna and Barley Salad

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