pomegranate barley salad & 25% off dreamware

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness, Holiday25 Comments

A few years ago, some friends from our church brought over a container of…I didn’t even know what to call it.  Was it a side dish?  A salad?  A snack?  A hot or cold cereal?  But you don’t ask those kinds of questions when someone is offering you a homemade gift.  What they did say was this was a family favorite and some members of their family like it with maple syrup.

When I opened the lid of the container, I took a visual inventory of all of the ingredients…  barley, pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, and walnuts.  Hmmm…okay.  Interesting.  

I got a spoon out of the drawer and tried it.  I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first.  The contrast of textures and flavors wasn’t something I had ever experienced.  But, I kept going back for more and I realized that I really liked it!

Since then, I have made this dish a few times myself and I still don’t really know what it is other than that it’s tasty.  Since I eat it cold and without maple syrup or honey, let’s just call it a Barley Pomegranate Salad.

One thing I like about it is that it’s simple to make, relatively quick (the most time-consuming part is cooking the barley), and it’s full of goodness.  I don’t know all of the nutritional details, but I’m sure antioxidants are involved!

(The scoops are the wooden measuring cups from Polder’s Old World Market.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for more details and a 25% off code.)

I think pomegranate fruit is both one of the prettiest and strangest fruit…

We’re still working with kitties not being on the counter!

I use dark chocolate chips, but you can definitely use semi-sweet or sweet if that’s your preference.

I’ve learned that the easiest way to seed a pomegranate is to remove the seeds and the pith and put them in a bowl of water…

Continue to loosen the seeds from the pith in the bowl of water.  The seeds will sink and the pith will rise to the top.

Scoop out the pith with a strainer and then drain the seeds.  Mix the pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a bowl.

Cook the barley according to the instructions on the box/bag, making sure to add salt to the water.

When the barley is cooked, spread it out on a cookie sheet to allow it to cool before mixing it into the bowl.

Mix together all of that yumminess…

I like to chill mine before serving, you can serve it at room temperature or warmed, like oatmeal.

As I shared earlier, you can also add some honey or maple syrup on top for sweetness.

I put mine in a jar to store in the fridge…

And, there you go!  A weird winter salad/cereal/snack, but it’s yummy!  The printable recipe is at the bottom of this post if you’re interested in giving it a try.  And, of course, you could personalize this in a variety of ways by adding different nuts, fruits, using different grains, etc.

Before I sign off, I wanted to share about the wooden utensils I used while making this recipe.  They are all from Polder’s Old World Kitchen, a family-owned and operated business.  You can read their short story HERE if you’re not familiar with them.  What I love is that every piece is designed, carved, packed, and shipped by their family, right on their farm in Virginia.

More than that, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know them a little more through Instagram and this is a family with talent, an amazing work ethic, and a beautiful heart.  I have seen them pulling together to support one another (one of the daughters is a very talented watercolor artist) and other people in the Instagram community.  Even if you’re not into wooden utensils, you’ll want to follow them simply because they are inspiring.

And, if you are looking for a gift for someone who loves to cook or someone who has everything, their hand-carved Dreamware is an excellent option.


I have several of their pieces (my favorites are the Roux Spoon and Original Spurtle) and they all feel so good in your hands when you’re using them.  And I love that they will look better and better as you use them.  Each piece will acquire a patina from age and use.

Each piece is signed and dated…

And it makes me smile that their honey dipper looks like a Harry Potter wand.


To get 25% off of an order from Polder’s Old World Kitchen, text MISSMUSTARDSEED to 29071 to sign up for Polder’s texts and alerts.  If you’re in Canada, text MISSMUSTARDSEED to 1-720-605-1331.

Pomegranate Barley Salad/Cereal

This is a strange, but tasty dish that can be eaten cold as a salad or warmed as a cereal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • bowl
  • sheet pan
  • pot with lid
  • knife
  • strainer


  • 1 cup dry barley
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • honey or maple syrup optional
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Cook 1 cup of dry barley according to instructions (with salt added to the water)
  • Remove seeds from pomegranate
  • add pomegranate seeds, chocolate chips, and walnuts to a large mixing bowl
  • When barley is cooked, spread on a cookie sheet to cool. Once cool, add to mixing bowl
  • Chill
  • Serve chilled as a salad or warm as a cereal. Stir in maple syrup or honey for added sweetness.


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25 Comments on “pomegranate barley salad & 25% off dreamware”

  1. I love every single ingredient, especially the fruit and barley. Too many carbs, for this diabetic, but I might splurge just a little. Looks so wonderful!

  2. This recipe looks yummy! I discovered Polder’s through your blog about three years ago and fell in love. Since then I have ordered something special for my mother-in-law for her birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. She really does love them-and so do I! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful family with such amazing talent with your readers! Without you, I would have never known about them! BTW-what type of wood is your honey dipper?

  3. I’m glad to see this—very different and fun! Thanks, Marian. (I am glad you shooed her away. We had a cat many years ago and we didn’t let him up on the table or counters where food was; after all, that cute nose was just licking herself in not so wonderful places! The current cultural change of the elevation of pets to near-human status, though beloved, is not something that makes sense to me, even though we loved our pets.)

  4. This looks yummy and I hope to try soon. We have issues keeping our cats off the counter tops too. We keep a can of compressed air nearby and squeeze the trigger (in their general direction. I don’t spray directly on them). They scoot away as fast as possible! I wish I could say they’re trained. I just keep cleaning my counters!

    1. Compressed air is brilliant! I’ve used a water spray bottle, but the air is even better. Yeah, cats don’t have that desire to please that dogs do. It is a good reason to keep those counters clean, though!

      1. What we have found to work the best in keeping cats off the table is to fill a small lidded tin with something that will rattle, such as some screws or washers, and shake it whenever the “rules” are being violated. I think my husband found this strategy on the internet somewhere and it has saved us so much grief!

        1. Had the same problem with my curious boy. A spray bottle only worked if he got a little wet. A cute candy tin with loose change works great when shaken. Marian, I must admit since you adopted your two sweet fur girls they’re the first things I look for in your posts. And your purring cuddle posts on IG… sigh.

  5. Those measuring cups are very cute – so I checked them out but at massive huge whopping $423.33 Australian dollars before postage I don’t think I’ll be ordering any soon. :O But seems they sell a lot from what they say about wait times on their website – maybe it’s time to change careers & become a wood carver!! LOL

  6. Haha, we have a time keeping our cats off the counters too, especially our Calico! I saw that you use water in a spray bottle, and that’s the best thing we’ve found as well. It does work, but consistency is key, and I’m not very good about that. Our biggest problem is that we have a two level island, and our calico, Tiramisu, insists on perching on the top level while I make coffee in the morning. She loves eating the coffee grounds!

  7. 🐾 BREAD IN BAGS! Have you experienced the kitty theft-claw-destroy-eat thing that happens if you accidentally don’t use a breadbox, Marian? It’s a crazy cat thing. Why bread…Why plastic bags…Why do these creatures remain mysteries to those of us who are used to understanding Dog Language?!
    (But, oh! How very cute they can be… 😉

  8. Hi, to keep the cat off the table, chair, counters are any where that you don’t want to be or scratch, use a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar. That keep them off things.

  9. The salad/cereal/snack looks great and I think I may try it. But the Dreamware! Wowza. I don’t know very many people who can afford these. They are beautiful and I appreciate the workmanship that goes into them but they are out of my price range!

  10. May I ask where you get the square chocolate bits, Marian? I just love their shape. The salad looks very interesting…I may have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. This salad looks yummy so I will definitely have to try it, thanks for the recipe. I also love love LOVE the wooden utensils, really my thing. I have had really good luck with getting the seeds out of pomegranates by cutting them in half and then turning them cut side down over a bowl and whacking them with a spoon. Sounds weird, but really works!

  12. Hello Marion….the barley does not work well with my Celiac. What other grain would you recommend that would blend in with the other ingredients? Perhaps rice?

  13. This is when having an old-fashioned kitchen is a good thing. No open floor plan here. When the boys get rambunctious, I toss a felt mouse into the next room and close the kitchen door. 😉

  14. I love working with beautiful items and the wood is so lovely I checked out the website. I can’t even fathom what would make the starter set of a few utensils sell for over $900! Way out of the price range of middle income families.

    1. That was my point above as well Kim – try converting the prices to Australian dollars for an even bigger shock – but make sure you are sitting down first!! LOL 🙂

      As nice as they are I don’t see them anywhere near worth what they are asking – especially compared to the prices in Marian’s latest post about the metalsmith in Florence – where his prices for hand made pieces seem way to low & he makes pieces for famous retailers! I did find a wooden measuring spoon set here online in Australia of similar style for only $19.99 which in USD is about $13.70 – it was called the Academy Eliot Wooden Measuring Spoons 4 Piece Set. 🙂

  15. I switched quinoa for the barley (it’s what I had on hand) and pecans for walnuts (personal preference). We loved it!! We decided we’ll eat it as salad. I’m planning to make more for Christmas Eve dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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