Storm Brewing & a Cherry Apple Grain Mason Jar Salad

Storm Brewing & a Cherry Apple Grain Mason Jar Salad

Storm Brewing & a Cherry Apple Grain Mason Jar Salad


There is a big storm headed our way and the rain has already started here in Seattle. It looks like it will be a weekend full of lounging in our PJs and staying inside. We decided to get in one last family run around the neighborhood last night. The leaves have started turning here so it was a gorgeous run with lots of Fall colors.



Lately, with the cooler temperatures arriving, all I have wanted is soup and salads. Both work great for on-the-go meals prepared in a mason jar. When I recently received the package below from Wholefoods, it inspired to get in the kitchen.


Everything seems to taste better in a mason jar. I was born and raised in the South where canned vegetables and jams in mason jars fill the pantries. My favorite drinking glass at home is a mason jar and I love any party with mason jar decor. In the package was a recipe for Wholefood’s Cherry Pecan Grain Salad. Their recipe looks so yummy but I tweaked the recipe a little since I’m not a huge Pecan fan. Hope you enjoy and shared my recipe below! Now it’s time to make my Mom’s potato soup!



Cherry Apple Grain Salad

by Sarah Johnson

Prep Time: 15 mins

Ingredients (2 jars)


    • 2 cups cooked barley
    • 2 cups spinach and arugula salad mix
    • 1/4 cup dried sour cherries
    • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles
    • 1 apple cored and cut into small pieces

    Salad Dressing

    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • dash of salt and pepper


    Mix salad dressing and barley together and layer in bottom of mason jar. Layer in spinach and arugula salad mix, dried cherries, blue cheese crumbles and apple. Enjoy! Salad can keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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