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Barley Greek Salad {Instant Pot Barley}

This barley Greek salad is packed with fresh, bright Mediterranean flavors and vegetables. The Instant Pot speeds up the cooking time for the barley, making this an easy weekday lunch. This salad is so flavorful you will forget that it is healthy, too!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediteranenan
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


  • ½ cup Pearl barley
  • 1 cup Chicken broth
  • ½ English cucumber deseeded and diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes quartered
  • ¼ Red onion finely diced
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup Greek feta cheese crumbled

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • ¼ cup Red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the barley: Cook the barley in the Instant Pot with chicken broth, and a little bit of salt, for 15 minutes on HI pressure. Quick release once the cooking time is up.
    ½ cup Pearl barley, 1 cup Chicken broth
  • Make the dressing: While the barley is cooking, mix together the dressing ingredients in a measuring cup or a mason jar. Because this dressing uses powdered mustard instead of liquid mustard, it may not emulsify completely - that is fine.
    ¼ cup Olive oil, ¼ cup Red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Mustard powder, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dress the barley: Once the pressure is released, transfer the barley to a large mixing bowl. While the barley is still hot, add the dressing to the barley and stir. Let the barley sit in the dressing for 5-10 minutes.
  • Finish the salad: Add the vegetables and feta to the barley, and combine. Serve room temperature or chilled.
    ½ English cucumber, 1 cup grape tomatoes, ¼ Red onion, ¼ cup Kalamata olives, 1 cup Greek feta cheese


  • If you do not have an Instant Pot, you can still make the barley on the stove. It will take approximately 30 minutes for the barley to cook, using a 1:3 ratio.


Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 548IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 1mg