Barley in Every Meal

Barley is an healthy grain that can be beneficial for most diets, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to look for recipes that work. Have you been looking for a bunch of great barley recipes all in one place? If so, take a look at this collection below for barley recipes you could use every day.


To start off, here are two barley appetizers you can try at home. These barley dishes make for tasty lead ups to any meal, and provide the added nutritional benefits of having barley in your diet. The first barley appetizer is Grain and Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. The bite sized appetizers include barley to stuff the mushrooms and spinach for a pop of green. Not your style? Take a look at this Butternut Squash Barley Risotto.

Main Course

Main dishes can be packed with barley too. These two recipes are wonderful examples of how barley can be used for everyday meals. Tomato & Mozzarella Barley Salad is a barley dish through and through. This easy to make meal is just a few ingredients. It can be served hot or cold, and makes for a great lunch. But if you need another main dish to fill out your day, take a look at Herby Barley Salad with Butter Basted Mushrooms. This dish is a little more involved, but the end result is a delicious barley mainstay.


Here are two desserts that both use barley as a main ingredient. Whether you prefer chocolate desserts, or lean more towards custards, you’re sure to love one of these barley packed options. First off, the Barley Snack Cake is a delicious treat that can satisfy a sweet tooth and provide nutritional benefits. A chocolate cake with a twist, it has the added benefits of barley. The other featured recipe, Baked Barley Pudding, is an example of using barley as a substitute grain. Here, the author switches out barley for rice in their pudding for the additional flavor that barley brings.

Barley is a versatile grain that can be used in many dishes, and these are just a few examples. Listed below are the recipe sources, along with other possible barley-based food ideas. For more information about barley, visit our homepage here.