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Pearl barley with tomato and feta

Tarly met tomaat en feta
Delicious and healthy salad with barley, tomato and feta

Sometimes – every so often – a good meal is just a series of coincidences… I had been planning on making a salad for lunch using leftovers that I had in the fridge. Getting rid of all we still had just before heading of for three weeks… Seemed like the sensible thing to do. However, some of the goodies in my fridge were in less then perfect shape and had to be tossed into the bin instead of in my salad… ;( I had planned on pomegranate, carrot and some other greens in the salad but it was just not meant to be.

Tarly salade met tomaat en feta

Instead I used all the stuff that was still edible, tomatoes, feta and some dried cranberries I still had too. Tugging into the salad I realized how good this really was! With the pomegranates and the carrot it would have been a completely different salad, but this was just as good, if not better, then what I had originally planned. I love making up salads with whatever I have on hand. In this case I used pearl barley for the main ingredient which I love for it’s texture and taste. If I had the choice I would have gone for spelt which I love just a tiny bit more, but this would be good with some leftover rice, couscous or maybe even with some pasta if you’d had some.

Tarly salade

For the next three weeks I’ll be enjoying a lot of Asian food, so I’m pretty sure I’ll come back filled with ideas for new dishes. I’ve decided to go completely off line for the next three weeks, with maybe just the occasional instagram here and there, but don’t expect to hear from me much! Initially I thought of bringing my Ipad and checking in regularly but in the end I will end up working. I know how I am and while it makes sense in a way to never be fully offline when you’re self employed, I also think that taking the time to truly relax is important too!

In the meantime I hope you’re all gonna work on your entry for the homemade photography challenge as you still have until the end of this month to complete it. I already know what the next challenge is gonna be and while not wanting to spoil the surprise it has vaguely something to do with our trip.

Enjoy and I will ‘see’ you again beginning of March!



Pearl barley with tomato and feta

Tarly met tomaat en feta
  • Author: Simone van den Berg
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 12 mins
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Salad


  • 75 gr pearl barley
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries (if you do not have cranberries or don’t like cranberries you can use dried apricots, raisins or any other dried fruit you like)
  • 1 tbsp pinenuts
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 30 gr feta
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sweet vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pinch of smoked paprika powder


  1. Cook the barley according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and leave to cool.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into small cubes and crumble the feta
  3. Make a dressing with all the ingredients, taste and adjust for pepper and salt where needed. I used Sweet muscat vinegar but you can use any other sweet vinegar you have.
  4. Roast the pinenuts and the pumpkin seeds and set aside. Chop the cranberries
  5. Assemble your salad by putting all the salad ingredients into a bowl, give it a good toss and then add the dressing. Don’t put all the dressing in, but use some and then check for taste. I didn’t even use half.



About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer

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