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Summer Salad with Pearl Barley & Feta

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This summer salad is bursting with fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes and cucumber all topped off with a zingy lemon and mint dressing. #summer #summerrecipe #summersalad #salad #pearlbarley #thecookreport

This summer salad is bursting with fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes and cucumber all topped off with a zingy lemon and mint dressing. 

This has officially been the summer of salads. I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier and have discovered some truly amazing salads in the process.

This sweet potato & quinoa salad and this caprese pasta salad have become regulars in our house and now I’m ready to add this simple pearl barley summer salad to that list.

Overhead shot of summer salad with pearl barley on a white wooden background

Half way through August already. This summer felt like it was just meandering along at a leisurely pace and then next thing I know it’s August and I’m kicking off content planning and recipe development for Autumn 😱

I am really excited for some of the things I’ve got coming up though. I am going to be going HARD on all your Autumn classic ingredients, think beetroot and butternut squash galore. Plus plenty of soups, stews and generally carbs. You know how I do.

Ingredients for summer salad with pearl barley on a white wooden background

Overhead shot of ingredients for summer salad with pearl barley

Still, while the sun continues to shine I’m still going to be eating my fair share of healthy salads like this one. In fact, to me, this is the perfect summer salad.

It features some of my all time favourite summer ingredients and then has the most amazing lemon and mint dressing. Mint is my summer herb of choice EVERY. TIME.

Hand holding a bowl of summer salad with pearl barley

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS SUMMER SALAD WITH PEARL BARLEY & FETA:

  • Pearl Barley – Just follow the cooking instructions on the packet
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Feta
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Mint

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this summer salad with pearl barley…

Bowl of sliced cucumber and tomato for summer salad on a white wooden background

Dressing pouring on to summer salad in a large bowl

So I use pearl barley in this salad because I think it works so well with all the other ingredients. It’s a great carrier of flavour which makes it perfect for a tangy dressing like the lemon and mint one in this salad.

It also has that amazing chewy texture which makes it super filling and I especially love it as a contrast to the feta and the crunchy vegetables. However, if you’d rather use a different grain or even pasta I won’t judge you.

You can follow the instructions on the packet for how to cook your pearl barley or use this guide which is how I do it.

How to cook pearl barley on the stovetop:

Simply add the pearl barley to a saucepan with a lid along with 700ml/3 cups stock and a little salt and pepper. Stir then bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot to make sure it doesn’t get too dry and add more stock if necessary. When it’s finished cooking and absorbed all the liquid simply fluff with a fork and serve.

Overhead shot of summer salad with pearl barley ingredients

Summer salad with pearl barley in a bowl with a spoon

The other important thing about this super simple summer salad is the sun dried tomatoes. Please don’t leave them out. They have such a perfect flavour and that tanginess contrasts so well with the freshness of the cucumber and tomato.

Will has an aversion to sun dried tomatoes which is probably the most disappointing thing about our relationship but I add them to things occasionally anyway (see this pressure cooker chicken casserole and this creamy chicken pasta) because i love them so much and he normally puts up with it pretty well.

Bowl of summer salad with pearl barley with a spoon

HOW TO MAKE SUMMER SALAD WITH PEARL BARLEY & FETA (STEP BY STEP):

  1. Cook the pearl barley according to packet instructions, drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Place all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
  3. Add the pearl barley, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta, sun dried tomatoes and dressing to a bowl and toss together then serve.

Keep scrolling to get the full printable recipe!

Bowl of summer salad with pearl barley on a striped cloth

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS SUMMER SALAD WITH PEARL BARLEY & FETA?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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Summer salad with pearl barley in a bowl with a spoon

Summer Salad with Pearl Barley & Feta

This summer salad is bursting with fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes and cucumber all topped off with a zingy lemon and mint dressing. 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 428kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 300 g Pearl Barley cooked according to packet instructions
  • 1/2 Cucumber chopped
  • 200 g Cherry Tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 200 g Feta crumbled
  • 8 Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped

For the Dressing

  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bunch Parsley
  • Bunch Mint Leaves

Instructions

  • Place all of the dressing ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
  • Toss together all the salad ingredients with the dressing and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Summer Salad with Pearl Barley & Feta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 581mg 24%
Potassium 575mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 34.8%
Calcium 29%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Chris
    14/08/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Wow, this really is the ultimate summer salad! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/08/2018 at 12:43 PM

      Thanks Chris!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    14/08/2018 at 10:54 AM

    This salad looks so delicious and would make such a great dinner or lunch – healthy and easy to make!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/08/2018 at 12:45 PM

      Thank you Natalie 🙂

  • Reply
    Shinta Simon
    14/08/2018 at 11:01 AM

    I’ve been enjoying this summer, and reading such great ideas for summer salads. This one sounds so fresh and looks perfect! I’m yet to cook with pearl barley, should give it a go soon.

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/08/2018 at 12:43 PM

      Thanks Shinta!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    14/08/2018 at 11:33 AM

    What a wonderful salad for sharing at a summer picnic!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/08/2018 at 12:43 PM

      Thanks Lisa 🙂

  • Reply
    Shashi at SavorySpin
    14/08/2018 at 11:44 AM

    Delicious, easy and oh so satisfying! The perfect salad to enjoy for the rest of this summer!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/08/2018 at 12:43 PM

      Thanks Shashi!

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