wild rice and barley salad

Wild Rice and Barley Salad

This nutty wild rice and barley salad is a far-from-ordinary salad that is sure to brighten up your summer menu.

The grains are tossed with an aromatic vinaigrette spiced with coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon; then sprinkled with currants and toasted almonds. The salad is full of flavours and textures that are just right for fish and chicken dishes. But you could also add some cooked lentils and crumbled feta to make it more substantial.


Wild Rice and Barley Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Crosby Molasses


  • 1 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup hulled barley, farro, or pot barley
  • 1 cup minced red onion
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup currants or dried cranberries
  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds

Coriander Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup vinegar (white wine vinegar or cider vinegar)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon


  1. Combine wild rice in a pot with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook until tender then drain.
  2. In another pot, combine barley with 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until tender (but still chewy), about 40 minutes. Add more water during cooking, if necessary.
  3. Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl, whisk until combined.
  4. Add currants to dressing and let rest while you prepare the remaining salad ingredients.
  5. Toss cooked rice with barley and dressing.
  6. Fold in onion and parsley and sprinkle with almonds.


  • Serving Size: 8


  • October 8, 2022

    Doris James

    you can never go wrong with Crosby’s recipes
    Been following and using for years

  • May 16, 2019

    Kathleen Higney

    Are the rice and barley cooked in 2 separate pots and combined or do you start cooking the rice and then add the barley to the same pot? This sounds delish!

    • May 30, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Kathleen, I cook the rice and the barley in two separate pots so I can keep track of the texture of each.

  • June 18, 2015

    aggie missaghian

    wonderful. Thank you.

  • June 12, 2014

    Louise Glenn

    Fond childhood memories of family recipes with Crosby’s Molasses .Louise Glenn

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