Warm Barley Salad with Buttered Mushrooms and Shallots

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: North American, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
A warm, hearty salad is a great wintertime dinner option.  Warm Barley Salad with Buttered Mushrooms and Shallots has a bright citrus-y burst of flavour too!
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  • 500 grams mushrooms, cremini or mini portobellos are best - sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 large shallots, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 6 cups pearl barley, cooked, drained, and cooled
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, fresh


  • Cook the pearl barley according to package instructions and set aside to cool.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil.  Add half the salt and half of the ground black pepper.  Cook until deep brown in colour - about 15 minutes.  Transfer mushrooms and all of the butter/oil into a glass bowl.  Set aside.
  • Add the shallots to the skillet, along with the remaining butter, salt, and ground black pepper.  Saute the shallots until they are deep brown in colour - about 15 minutes.  
  • Add the garlic and cook into the shallots for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the shallot and garlic mixture to the bowl with the mushrooms. Be sure to use a rubber spatula to scrape all of butter out of the skillet.
  • Transfer the cooled barley to the warm skillet.  Stir the barely around, using the residual heat from the pan to slightly warm the cooked barley.  
  • Add the mushrooms, shallots, and garlic.  Toss in the fresh thyme leaves, parsley, and the orange juice.  Toss to combine and serve immediately. 


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.7mg