Recipe from Anastacia Brown
40 min
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Updated 10.05.2023
Usually, barley is not used in salads due to its simplicity, but this recipe is here to prove everyone wrong. Barley can easily become the star of every dinner just by combining it with the right ingredients. It is an ideal grain, with a chewy texture and a light taste, and in addition, it is a great meal for those who are trying to stay in shape.


  • Barley
    3 cups
  • Water
    6 cups
  • Salt
    2 tbsp.
  • Shallot
    1 piece
  • Cherry tomatoes
    1 cup
  • Bell pepper
    2 pcs.
  • Fresh parsley
    1,8 oz.
  • Parmesan
    3,5 oz.
  • Lemon juice
    2 tbsp.
  • Black pepper
    to taste

Nutrition facts per 100 g

  • Calories

    302 kcal

  • Protein

    4 g

  • Fat

    5 g

  • Carbohydrates

    20 g


  • The first and foremost step is to cook the barley. Pour water into a large saucepan and season with 1 teaspoon of salt. In the cold water, add the barley grains, and place the saucepan on the stove. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for around 30 minutes until the barley is tender. After that, drain all the excess water and let it cool for 15 extra minutes.

  • While the barley is cooking, chop the rest of the ingredients: cherry tomatoes, shallot, bell pepper, dill, and mint leaves. In addition, mince the garlic cloves. Place all the cut ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

  • Take a grater and shred the parmesan. An easier way to grate it is to cut the cheese in half and then proceed with shredding it. After that, put the cheese on a small plate.

  • In a large mixing bowl, place all the ingredients and season the salad with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper to taste. Mix the meal until all the flavors are combined. Enjoy the dish and discover how tasty barley can be in a salad.


  • The barley grains go well with sour ingredients; therefore, an amazing idea would be adding 2 tablespoons of lemon zest to the salad. Grate the lemon skin with a grater and add it to the salad, mixing thoroughly to ensure an even lemon flavor. 

  • Add 1 semi-hard boiled egg on top of the salad to make it look more impressive. Boil an egg so its yolk remains liquid; after that, peel off its skin and place it on top of the salad. When eating the salad, cut the egg in half and let the yolk combine with the salad. Adding these ingredients will make the salad delectable.


Bon Appetit!

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