Barley Salad with Tomatoes & Mozzarella; sunflowers

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to make too much of a side salad for dinner.

Then I hide it in the fridge so I get to have it for my lunch the next day

Mon mari is very conscientious about not letting leftovers go to waste.

Even if it’s not something he really wants he’s happy to share it with Guapa.

If I want it… I hide it.

I increased this a bit so I had some left – then I hide it.

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Barley Salad with Tomatoes & Mozzarella

A caprese salad, tossed with barley for a summer side dish. Don’t forget lots of fresh herbs! Quick-cooking barley is done in just 16 minutes.
We served it warm but it’s equally good cold.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) quick-cooking barley
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella balls, cut in half
  • 2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
  • 2 tbs fresh, snipped basil
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar


  • Cook barley in broth until done, stirring occasionally.
  • If all the broth is not absorbed, drain.
  • Stir in cheese and tomatoes, cover briefly to warm.
  • Stir in herbs, olive oil, vinegar and serve.


You could use regular barley but it takes longer to cook – check the package. Or use rice or orzo.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 402
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 645.8 mg
  • Fat: 21.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43 g
  • Fiber: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 12.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.6 mg

Keywords: barley, fresh herbs, mozzarella, tomatoes

Barley with Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Here is a salad I love – and don’t have to hide: Quinoa and Lentil Salad

Everything seems to be a little early this year. I’ve picked lots of summer squash already, and the first tomatoes are sitting on my counter.

The sunflower fields are in full glory:

Sadly, for us, this year the field is across the lane, rather than behind our house.

We get to look at the back of the sunflowers.

I often see comments and posts about sunflowers ‘following the sun’ and how remarkable / wonderful that is.

They don’t.

After having lived among sunflower fields for the past 10 years or so…. They face the direction of the rising sun – all day.

They do not turn.

Of course, like with any species, there is always one that can’t follow the rules:

Every time I walk by I think I hear it saying ‘Hey guys – look at this! Over here!!!’

It doesn’t turn either.

One in every crowd….


6 thoughts on “Barley Salad with Tomatoes & Mozzarella; sunflowers”

  1. I have a rogue sunflower coming up next to the sidewalk by the back door. I wish I could save it, but I don’t think I’ll be able to before husband cuts the grass again, though I’m going to try. And no, you’re right, they don’t follow the sun other than to face whichever way the sun rises in the morning.

    You do the same thing I a forced to do! If I have any hope of having a tasty little lunch from some leftovers, I too have to hide them or husband thinks they’re fair game. It would be nice if he asked if I was planning something with them, but he doesn’t. I just find them finishing them off. :/ And, like mon mari, he’ll eat them when he’s not entirely thrilled with them as a leftover either.

    We’re taking a drive to Cleveland tomorrow, roughly three hours one way, to meet a rescue boy named Bo. He’s a melanistic Blue Dobe who had a terrible first two years and weighed only 50 pounds, give or take, when they finally freed him. If he likes us, we’ll be bringing him home with us. I hope he likes us.

    • Did he like you? Do you have a new 4-legged family member?
      I cannot understand people who abuse animals. Our first dog, on this side of the pond, moved into our house with a chewed off rope around her neck. Andorra had a no-kill policy so people from other countries would bring their unwanted pets to Andorra and abandon them. We assume she chewed her way free. We think she was part German Shepherd and part black Doberman.
      She graciously allowed us to stay after she took over our property.

      • We brought him home! He’s been settling in and we think he’s going to be a great fit with us. He took one look at husband and I’m pretty sure it was love at first sight between them. Does your site allow links? I can post two links to how he was found and what he went through. We’re pretty sure he’s not two yet. I’ll also give you a link to a picture of him. His ears are cropped, but I have no idea why they’d do that and then not really post them unless they thought posting them for a week or so would make them stand. But! That said, it’s not his ears we’re in love with 🙂

        He is around 75 pounds now, we think. I’m still waiting for their vet paperwork to come through so I can make a well visit appointment at our vet’s office and get his tag, collar and dog license. I’m not sure why it’s taking so long, but it is.

        Anyway, the first link shows the van he was found in along with a female. They think both of them were in there almost two weeks. I have no clue how any dog managed to survive as long as they did, but most of them managed. The second link is the first officer on the scene’s walk through of the property and what she found when she got there, along with a picture of the older lady who was arrested. I think since then, they were all caught and felony charges are pending. The third link is a photo of Bo. This was in Georgia so all of the dogs that went to the rescue we got him from were named after peach varieties. His is Bonanza, but we’ll just call him Bo since he already answers well to it.

        • He’s beautiful! What a sad story. I hope good homes were found for all the pups they managed to save. He’s a lucky boy.
          Bo is a good name – short and can be screamed / yelled easily…. my 2 criteria.
          We had a neighbor in the U.S. that called their golden Honey. Nice name except when he stood outside screaming for her to come home… lol

  2. I admire your restraint as by the look of that divine salad no matter how much I made there prob would be minimal left to hide !!!

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