June 30, 2020

Warm Barley Summer Salad with Kiwi and Roasted Peppers | Summer Salads

Salad and summers go hand in hand. Although technically , as I write this post its raining heavily since 2 days where I live. But its summer the rest of the Northern Hemisphere and barbecue and roasted veggies and salads make their appearance. 

Salads at home are mostly rustled and liked by the better half and I Personally love warm salads like today’s Barley Summer Salad with Roasted Veggies. The inspiration to use barley as a diabetic friendly ingredient actually came from my friend Archana’s Barley BhelpuriApart from the usual Barley Water , Barley Sattu Sherbet (Summer Drink). Navdhanya (9 - grains) Adai, the Barley-Beet Cutlet on my Instagram feed and Barley Dosa (recipe coming soon!), we pretty much dont use Barley that much - something I am glad that has changed now. 

But thanks to a pack that needed using up, I made this salad and another dish that features barley as a star ingredient. Barley as a grain has amazing health benefits as listed here, chief amongst them being diabetic friendly. Barley packs lignans, a group of antioxidants linked to a lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Barley’s high fibre content may also help prevent gallstones

If you have cooked pearl barley on hand, this salad takes less than 5-10 mins from start to finish.   

TIP: Reserve that cooked water to make a porridge. Or just drink it up as is in small quantities to beat the heat), As this was my main meal, I have used a larger quantity and medium spice. One can always add or subtract ingredients as preferred. 

Sending this salad to #Ssshh Cooking Challenge - Salads theme suggested by yours truly. I was paired with Priya Satheesh who gave me ingredients - Barley and Lemon juice- to make this salad. Priya's Kozhukattai recipe using Black Eyed peas (karamani) and Pineapple-Walnut Chutney interested me very much. Head to her blog to find out what she cooked for this theme! 

Every month, based on a common theme we have bloggers paired up who suggest ingredients and we cook based on that.  


Prep time - 10 mins, Soak + Cook time - overnight + 15 mins. Serves - 1~2

You need:
Cooked Pearl Barley - 1/2 cup (120 ml)
Vinaigrette - lemon juice 1 tsp, Salt.pepper, Red chilli flakes, Olive Oil 1 tsp - whisked well
Bell peppers - 1/4 cup
Onions - 1/2  medium (sliced thin)
Cucumbers - 2 TBSP
Kiwi (orchard fruits like pear / Apples work well) - 4 TBSP

I put together a short stop-motion video below with help from my daughter to assemble this quick and delicious salad. Hope you would also like this!

How to:
In a non stick pan or on an open flame, roast peppers till slightly charred.  (or toss them with warm olive oil for 1-2 mins). Cool and chop into bite sized pieces.
In a bowl, add the vinaigrette and the veggies. Mix well. 
Add the tossed peppers . kiwi and barley and stir once again
Check for salt and pepper / spice. Serve immediately along side any grilled meats or serve as a meal by itself on a hot summer day!


  1. I have yet to try my hands on barley dishes. This warm barley salad with kiwi and peppers sounds so nutritious. I like the fact that salad is very easy and looks colorful as well.

    1. do try Poonam ! I am sure you would like it too

  2. Barley is very healthy. Nice way to add it in our salads Simple and healthy bowl. I like the combo of fruits and vegetables in my salads, specially kiwi as it has a bit of tanginess too.

  3. It has been such a long time since I have had barley. This salad is a super delicious way to have it.


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