Barley with pesto

AKA my favorite summer dish. It is simple which helps when it’s hot and you don’t feel like cooking for ages, it is good, it is light and can be prepared ahead and served cold. What else would you want from a summer dish?!?! Oh is pretty as well: I sometimes press it into a bowl lined with slices of tomatoes and I can assure you it looks pretty good!

Barley with pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 3-4 oz barley per person
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 1 tomato
  • Salt


  1. Cook the barley in salted boiling for about 20 minutes. It is ready when it is soft but still has some bite. Meanwhile, cut the tomato and put it in a dish or in a bowl add the two spoons of pesto and mix everything up. If needed add some water from the boiling barely to loosen up the pesto. When the barley is ready, drain it and mix it with the pesto and the tomato.
  2. Enjoy it warm or cold.

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11 Responses to Barley with pesto

  1. Raquel.Erecipe says:

    wow that is easy to prepare, I think this is great when your always on the go =)

  2. Erin says:

    So easy to cook! My favorite summer side dish is pasta salad!

  3. Manu says:

    Hi Paola… there's something waiting for you here:

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I have been using barley in soups but this is such an interesting and yummy ways to use it with pesto:DDD

  5. Cheryl and Adam @ says:

    Barley is a favorite in this house,too. Thanks for sharing this, it makes a wonderful summer nosh.

  6. Sandra says:

    Few years ago I started incorporate barley in all my rice dishes..and I like it very much! This recipe is refreshing and it is awesome for this time of year! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Parsley Sage says:

    Nice! Easy, healthy and yummy…I KNOW I don't have enough barley in my life 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Tiffany says:

    Your favorite summer dish!?!? I'm DEF. going to have to try this!

  9. Giulietta @ Alterkitchen says:

    I love cereals salads, especially those dressed with pesto 🙂 I'll try it!

  10. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    So easy to cook! My grandma eats barley for health and I don't like how she cooked, but I can totally eat it with pesto and tomato. 😉 I'd try cold one first!

  11. Manu says:

    Ottima idea! I've only cooked barley in soups so far, but this dish looks awesome and refreshing! :-))))

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