Broad bean, barley & mint salad

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

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:50 mins
    Plus cooling
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 469
  • fat 26g
  • saturates 6g
  • carbs 42g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 10g
  • protein 18g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 500g podded fresh broad beans (or use frozen)
  • 225g pearl barley
  • 2 handfuls mint leaves
  • 200g radishes, quartered
  • 100g whole hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 140g goat's cheese, crumbled into small chunks
  • 4 tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • juice and zest ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves


  1. Heat the stock in a medium saucepan until boiling, then add the broad beans and cook for 3 mins until they float. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and run under cold water to stop them cooking further. Squeeze the beans from their skins, if desired.

  2. Add the pearl barley to the stock and simmer over a low heat for 40-45 mins until tender. Drain the barley, stir through the mint leaves while still warm, then leave to cool.

  3. For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together, season generously and mix into the cooled barley. Serve on a large platter or individual plates, scattered with the radishes, hazelnuts and goat’s cheese.

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