Barley and Spinach Salad & Mothers Day 2014

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Blog, Confessions, Salad, Travel & Local Adventures | 4 comments


I hope everyone had a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend!

We enjoyed a nice weekend spent with family and we also took Bebe to her first Dodgers game. Of course, she had more fun looking through the binoculars at the outfielders and eating frozen yogurt while playing with our family, but she was a good cheerleader and had a blast.

Here are some photos of our family at the game. Or skip down to the salad recipe at the bottom of the post.

Me and my Mommy.

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Bebe and Mommy.

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Photographer and my favorite uncle. 

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Nothing beats frozen yogurt in a pink L.A. baseball hat.

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The family in Dodger Blue.

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Bebe and her other family.

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Bebe and one of her favorite uncles.

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And of course, the Mother’s Day Dodger giveaway – a clutch.

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Over the last month and a half we’ve been extremely busy on the weekends and we’ve also spent a lot of time driving back and forth from Los Angeles.

I guess you could say I’m looking forward to at least one Sunday when we can stay home, maybe take a walk to the park or go for a swim and simply relax. In some ways I’ve been feeling burnt out and the types of lunches I’ve been eating at home have been full of odds and ends leftovers and an occasional green smoothie to increase my nutrient intake.

Today, I scavenged through the pantry and found a bit of quick-cooking barley, so I combined that with thinly sliced spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, and almonds and voila! A fresh and easy salad.

This post really doesn’t require a recipe.

All that’s needed are fresh veggies of your choice, a splash of flavored herb olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper. In fact, you won’t find any measurements in the recipe box below; just a guideline of how to throw together a quick yet nutritious salad. I even considered adding chia seeds into my salad, but let’s just say the almonds were already on the counter and I didn’t feel like pulling out the chia seeds from the pantry (out of sheer laziness).

After I made this salad, I realized I had cilantro in the fridge. That would have been a refreshing addition to the salad in case you’re thinking of re-creating this.

Note, I’ve been taking photos with my iPhone due to issues I’ve been having with my camera, so please bear with me as I try to get things back on track.

Barley and Spinach Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American, Californian
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Serves: 1
  • ½ cup quick-cooked barley (available at Trader Joes)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced spinach
  • ⅓ roma tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 1½ tablespoon sliced raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds, optional
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • For dressing: dash of herb-flavored olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  1. Cook quick-cooking barley in water. Season with chicken stock or salt (optional). Barley cooks in about 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Toss vegetables, barley, almonds, chia seeds in a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss and enjoy.



  1. avatar

    Glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Bebe E is growing up so fast — she’s so adorable! :)

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      Thanks, Melissa! I wish she wouldn’t grow so quickly! I hope you had a fabulous Mother’s Day too!

  2. avatar

    A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all the women in the BLO clan. I have to say – barley is just about one of my very favorite grains – the texture is so unlike anything else, it’s simply a joy to eat. Although to be honest, I’ve only eaten it as a hot addition / never as a salad. I think I need to expand my horizons a bit and utilize it more this way!

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      Thank you! I think you’ll definitely enjoy the barley in a salad. It really gives it that extra heartiness and I love adding grains to salads, I definitely encourage experimentation. Cheers.