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I am always on the look out for salads that are fairly simple but a little unusual – variety is the spice of life! So when I came across this Bill Granger recipe in a Sainsburys magazine I knew I was onto a winner. I have made it a few times and it has quickly become a firm favourite. Leftovers keep really well in the fridge and the day after the flavour is even better. Definitely worth a try! As it has broccoli in it Izzy will eat it and I sell the pearl barley as ‘rice’ . She is yet to be convinced on the spinach, or the ‘green stuff’ as she calls it. This night I just served it with a baked chicken breast – would have been better if I had the time to marinate the chicken so it was not so bland. Better time management next time!!


Pearl barley, broccoli and cashew salad (courtesy of Bill Granger)


250g pearl barley

3 tablespoons cashews

400g broccoli, cut into florets

4 spring onions, thinly sliced

100g young leaf spinach

a small handful of mint leaves, torn

For the tamari dressing:

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 1/2 tablespoons tamari or dark soy sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons mirin or lime juice

1 teaspoon finely grated ginger

Cook the barley in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 25-30 minutes until al dente. Drain, then rinse and cool.

Meanwhile, toast the cashews in a small pan until golden, leave to cool.

Blanch the broccoli in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes until just tender but still bright green. Rinse in cold water and drain well.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

In a large bowl, toss together the barley, broccoli, spring onions, spinach, mint and dressing, Serve sprinkled with the toasted cashews, roughly chopped.


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