This salad is influenced from the flavours of the Mediterranean. Barley is tossed with olives and coriander in a sun-dried tomato and balsamic vinegar dressing. Refreshing, light and perfect for summer barbecues.
This salad is okay, but I don't like black olives and I thought it was missing something. I substituted Kalamata olives for the black olives, used basil instead of cilantro, and added chopped cucumber. You can also add a can of garbanzo beans to make it a vegetarian main dish. We topped with feta cheese, for a real Mediterranean flair. With the modifications, it was great! - 21 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is a very good healthy salad. I decided to get "creative", and I added a large spoonful of a great artichoke tapenade (Gertie's) that I got at Costco....it was a huge jar & I was looking for more ways to use it up. The second time I made this salad I used roasted red peppers (in the jar) in place of the dried tomatoes in the dressing. Yum, yum. A great salad to experiment with! - 24 Apr 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Excellent salad. Someone mentioned having the feeling that something was missing. I agree, I added a 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese and a little bit of salt and it worked great for me. - 01 Dec 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)