Black Bean and Barley Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the New Year and Healthy Starts, we're sharing recipe ideas for healthy, nourishing recipes or anything you would enjoy this time of year. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you're welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you'd like to share, add it to the linky below.

I am a HUGE fan of barley. When I was a kid, I always remember my favorite part of Campbell's Vegetable Beef Soup, was the barley that was in it. My mom never cooked with barley, so for me it was like a rare treat when I ate it in the soup. Nowadays,  I wouldn't be caught dead eating a bowl of Campbell's soup (my own homemade versions are ALWAYS better), but I love barley so much, I am always trying to invent new ways to cook with it. Continue reading

Asian Inspired Ginger Sesame Coleslaw

I was really craving a good cold Asian salad with cabbage. I ended up deciding that I was going to make a coleslaw but dress it up with a Ginger Sesame dressing that would be to die for in this slaw! It really was delicious! I wasn't sure at first if I was just loving it because I made it up, so I taste-tested this ‘slaw on my mom. My mom is a big fan of ginger and I figured if anyone would tell me the honest truth about my cooking, it's her. As she took a bite of it, her eyes grew wide and she immediately went “mmmmmmm, there's ginger in there!” Continue reading

Sassy Southwest Black Bean Salad

In the heat of the summer, I love a good cold bean salad. They're hardy, yet they don't make your body have to heat up too much digesting them. There are so many different combinations that you can do with bean salads too. This bean salad calls for taco seasoning, but you can also forgo that and use a balsamic vinegar and Italian seasons. You can try out a different taste and use a sesame dressing with this, though I do love a good pasta salad with sesame dressing. The best part about this salad is that anything you don't like, you can take out or substitute. Just about any crunchy vegetable combination works with black beans. This is my southwest version of black bean salad, and probably the most common you'll find out there.

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