Pearl barley

Pearl barley recipes

30 Recipes

Find out how to use this versatile grain with BBC Good Food's highest-rated pearl barley recipes, including risottos, salads, soups and stews.

13 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Tender chicken and wholesome pearl barley with a light herby dressing make this a great low-calorie, low-fat weeknight dinner

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
82 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Replace the usual rice with filling, storecupboard barley. Spicy Spanish sausage provides a rich flavour and vibrant colour

55 mins
Easy
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53 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

This storecupboard grain makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Team with bacon and veggies in this risotto-like stew

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
12 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Pearl barley makes a great alternative to rice in this vegetarian risotto recipe flavoured with sage, garlic and Parmesan

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This storecupboard grain adds a nutty flavour and texture to create a comforting, low-calorie dish

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A vibrant salad packed with yellow and red peppers, colourful onion, beef cooked to your liking and healthy grains

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

If you're cooking to impress, up your game with Tom's perfect poultry dish for a sensational, seasonal supper for two

2 hrs and 40 mins
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5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

This salad combines sweet carrots with the liquorice bite of a slightly acidic dressing and creamy blue cheese - a simple lunch or side dish

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This full-of-flavour autumnal salad has a zesty kick and is best eaten straight away

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
102 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A flavour-packed, unusual salad that's delicious warm or cold - works really well as part of a buffet

40 mins
Easy
Vegan
37 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This Lancashire hotpot in soup form is nourishing and filling, but low in fat

35 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This hearty dish uses a thrifty cut of meat. Marinate, then slow cook for a tender finish and serve on a soft, creamy risotto

4 hrs and 25 mins
More effort
25 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Love risotto? Try this low-fat version, which swaps traditional risotto rice for pearl barley

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
23 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

A spectacular veggie Christmas centrepiece - when sliced, it looks stunning, and the flavours go brilliantly with all your favourite trimmings

3 hrs and 20 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Low-fat, vegetarian and super-healthy, this filling one-pot lunch or dinner is packed with chickpeas, butter beans and pearl barley

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

This good-for-you supper is a great way to get some wholegrain into your diet

50 mins
Easy
15 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Barley and broccoli are packed with vitamins to lower cholesterol and regulate your appetite. This vegan, low-calorie supper will keep you fuller for longer

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Barley has a low Gi, so it will leave you feeling fuller for longer. You'll get two of your five-a-day from this hearty salad, too

1 hr
Easy
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

These little green beans go really well with grains like pearl barley - for a light touch, serve cold with goat's cheese, mint and nuts

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Salads don't get much more robust than this – team roasted onions and squash, deep-flavoured cheese, crunchy nuts and healthier grains

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This is the perfect welcome-home warmer after a cold country walk, simply add some crusty bread

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This colourful rustic salad can be made in under an hour

50 mins
Easy
21 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Pearl barley is rich in calcium, minerals, iron and potassium, and that's just to start with. Make the most of it with this creamy risotto

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
33 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This warming winter soup is high in fibre, low in fat and can be frozen for ultimate convenience

45 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
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