Barley and squash sweet salad

I had a large jar of barley in my kitchen which I became quite curious about and for some reason decided I’d like to try  it in a salad. I have a thing for robust and flavoursome salads and during the winter I seem to lean towards trying things with grains, beans and pulses.

So after a bit of googling I came across this tasty recipe on BBC Good Food. I didn’t quite have all the ingredients so had to do without a few things and made a few alterations but even then it was still pretty tasty.

It asked for sun-dried tomatoes which I didn’t have but ended up finding some great tips on how to oven-dry the cherry tomatoes I did have. Took a few hours so their missing from the photos I took (that bowl was eaten soon after) but they were very tasty and I’ll post about that soon too.

I also traded olive oil for flax seed oil to ensure I got a good dose of Omega 3.

Next time I make it I’d like to add the sun-dried tomatoes, red onion and broccoli the original recipe called for.

NOTES: Takes 25 mins. Serves 8. Keeps for approx. 3 days in the fridge. Tasty served warm or cold.


  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp flax seed oil.
  • 250g of pearl barley
  • 1 yellow pepper diced
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

For the dressing:

  • 5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp flax seed oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard. (Didn’t have Dijon so just used English)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the squash on a baking tray and toss with olive oil. Roast for 20 mins. Meanwhile, boil the barley for about 25 mins in salted water until tender, but al dente.
  2. While this is happening, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Drain the barley, then tip it into a bowl and pour over the dressing. Mix well and let it cool.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the barley and mix well.

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.


  • Reply January 30, 2014


    This looks so good!!

    • Reply February 3, 2014


      Thanks Trudy!

      If you try it let me know how you get on

      H x

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