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They may be small, but these tiny grains have a multitude of uses and health benefits – fantastic as the base for salad dishes, they’re just as flavourful in meat-free mains and can be used to make cakes.
A combination of avocados, nuts, tomatoes and mint create a rather pretty pearl barley tabbouleh. Cook them with roasted beetroot for colourful, no-fuss risotto or sweeten things up with a wonderfully nutty blueberry and lemon crumble loaf.
Vary your midweek meal by swapping quinoa for pearl barley in healthy salmon kale wraps before serving with tartare sauce.