Health Benefits of Barley
This whole grain is packed with fiber, contains vitamins B and E, iron, and selenium, is low in fat, and, like all plant products, cholesterol-free. Because barley contains soluble fiber, it may play a role in controlling blood sugars in Type 2 diabetes. Barley does contain some gluten, so it’s not a grain that is advised for people with gluten intolerance.
Fruited Breakfast BarleyTake a break from oatmeal and try a bowl of barley for breakfast. Sweeten it with brown sugar and stir in apricots, raisins and almonds for a nutrient-packed morning meal.
Toasted Barley and Berry GranolaThis granola recipe features rolled barley flakes, which look similar to rolled oats but have more fiber. Combine the barley flakes with pumpkinseed and sunflower seed kernels, dried fruit, and wheat germ for a crunchy granola that’s ideal for a quick breakfast or snack.
Four-Grain FlapjacksBarley flour, whole wheat flour, oats and stone-ground cornmeal provide the four grains in these hearty breakfast pancakes. One serving will have you well on your way to meeting your recommended intake of fiber for the day.
Barley and Black Bean SaladAdding black beans to the barley increases the fiber in this colorful salad and also adds protein. Using quick-cooking barley and canned beans helps keep the prep time short.
Fresh Vegetable BarleyFresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes add both color and nutrients to this barley side dish. You only need a small amount of feta since it’s a strongly flavored cheese, so the total fat per serving is 3.3 grams.
Barley "Pasta" SaladThe flavor and texture of barley are similar to that of pasta, so we combined it with the typical pasta salad ingredients (tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, mozzarella cheese) for a side dish that’s higher in fiber than a traditional pasta salad.
Thai Chicken Barley RisottoInstead of using arborio rice to make risotto, use high-fiber pearl barley instead. The Thai flavor comes from cilantro, lemongrass, ginger, and red curry paste, and the protein comes from the lean chicken in this satisfying one-dish meal.
Mushroom, Barley, and Beef SoupMushrooms are rich in umami—a savory, rich, meaty taste sensation that offers a sense of complete flavor. Umami counterbalances saltiness, so when you have mushrooms in a soup, you can use less salt and still have a tasty dish. The mushrooms, barley and lean stew meat all contribute to the rich, satisfying flavor of this soup.
Barley-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Pine Nuts and CurrantsIn this meatless version of cabbage rolls, ground beef is replaced with hearty barley and feta cheese. Cooking the cabbage rolls in a slow cooker helps keep both the cabbage and the filling extra tender.
Grilled Tuna over Lemon-Mint Barley SaladServing fish over a bed of veggie-packed whole grains is a great way to meet the USDA My Plate recommendation to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Plus, tuna is a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fat.
Greek Chicken and Barley SaladDress up a Greek salad by adding barley to the cucumber, tomato, feta and kalamata olives. The addition of chicken makes this a one-dish meal that’s high in fiber and also a source of vitamins A and C.
Lentil-Barley Burgers with Fiery Fruit SalsaUse leftover cooked pearl barley with lentils, veggies, and seasonings for a hearty meatless burger sans the bun. The fruit salsa adds bright flavors as well as fiber and vitamin C.
Noah's PuddingAlso known as asure, this unique Turkish dessert is made with barley, legumes, dried fruits, and nuts. Traditional folklore holds that Noah gathered all of the remaining foodstuffs to make this sweet pudding when he and his family left the ark. Today it is customary to share the dish with others.
Toasted Barley, Green Bean, and Shiitake Salad with TofuToasting the barley before it boils brings out nutty flavor. Pressing and draining tofu helps it take on flavors more readily and improves its cooked texture.