Warm Macaroni and Barley Salad

January 5, 2014

Warm salads are excellent go-to side dishes in winter, providing interesting contrast to a hot entree. Warm pasta salad recipes like this one include perfectly cooked noodles, interesting mix-ins and mildly flavorful dressings. Try this delicious warm macaroni salad with barley, dried cranberries and a lemon-honey dressing.

Warm Macaroni and Barley Salad
Submitted to Foodista by Living the Gourmet

Ingredients:
Salad
1 box of your favorite macaroni
3 stalks celery with leaves – chopped
1 sweet onion – chopped
1 bunch scallions - chopped
6 cloves garlic – chopped
1/2 cup mixed dried cranberries and raisins
1 bunch large of Italian parsley – chopped
Dash of fresh ground black pepper
Dash of sea salt
1 pouch instant barley
Olive oil – for drizzling

Dressing
Zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup olive oil

Cook macaroni as directed drain and set aside.

Prepare the barley as directed, drain and set aside.

In a large frying pan drizzle a little olive oil and heat. Add the onion, parsley, garlic and scallions. Sauté until the onion is clear. Add the macaroni, barley and raisin cranberry combo to the pan and toss.

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