Pearl Barley with Harissa Spiced Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

Pearl Barley with Harissa Spiced Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

All season favourite: roasted veg and pearl barley

In the middle of the summer heat, even my husband who eats meat agrees with me on craving healthier, vegetarian dishes. (I know, I will never convert him, but at least he’s willing to go semi-vegetarian as he calls it.) But he gets bored of the salad based dishes quickly, so I wanted to make something refreshing but substantial at the same time. I *might* have mentioned it: I love dishes combining vegetables, fruits and cheese at the same time. This recipe is one of them. Plus the pearl barley is an excellent low fat, low cholesterol, good source of fibre and protein, as well as vitamins and minerals. The roasted veggies and the warming harissa spices also make this meal great for the colder weather too. 

I’ll be honest, I can’t get enough of it. The spices, the tangy lemon, the refreshing mint combined with the sweetness of the butternut squash and the pomegranate plus the greek yogurt dressing makes this dish an orgy of flavours. Luckily, it’s fairly easy and takes only under an hour to whip this up – but rest assured, if you’re making it for dinner guests, you’ll get plenty of compliments as it’s both looks and tastes just gorgeous!

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Pearl Barley with Harissa Spiced Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

Pearl Barley with Harissa Spiced Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

A lovely, warming but light vegetarian dish, ready under an hour!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: greek yogurt, harissa, mint, pearl barley, roasted vegetables
  • 100 gram pearl barley washed and cooked
  • 200 gram cubed butternut squash
  • 150 gram chestnut mushrooms cut into quarters
  • 2 medium yellow bell peppers sliced
  • 1 small aubergine sliced
  • 1 large pomegranate's seeds
  • 200 gram feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 200 gram full fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp harissa spices
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grounded nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C 

    Place the vegetables in a baking dish and sprinkle with olive oil, harissa spices and ground nutmeg, if you want add some salt and pepper too. 

    Cook the pearl barley: wash them first, place them into a pan, add cold water and cook until they are al dente. Normally around 30 minutes.

    pearl barley rested veg harissa
  2. Roast for 20 minutes, then turn them over and roast for another 5 minutes turning up the heat to grill. They should be soft on the inside but golden and crispy looking.

    pearl barley roasted veg harissa
  3. Mix the yogurt with the crushed garlic, 1 tbsp mint and the juice of half a lemon. 

    greek yogurt dip
  4. Leave the vegetables to cool, then gently mix them with the pearl barley. Toss in the olive oil and the other half of the lemon's juice Add the herbs too along with the feta cheese. When serving, drizzle with some more lemon juice, sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and add the greek yogurt dressing.

    pearl barley roasted veg harissa

earl Barley with Harissa Spiced Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

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Michelle Twin Mum July 31, 2018 - 4:05 pm

This looks absolutely delicious and I love the crunch of pomegranate seeds on this kind of dish. Mich x

Mellissa Williams July 31, 2018 - 7:55 pm

I love Feta cheese. The saltiness and creaminess is delicious. Your dish is so colourful too and pomegranates add a nice sweetness

rhianwestbury August 1, 2018 - 5:48 am

I wish I could get my partner to feel the same and not want to eat as much meat but this sounds really tasty x

behealthynowblog August 1, 2018 - 9:02 am

This sounds like a great vegetarian meal full of flavours. But do you think something else could be used instead of harissa spices? it’s just because I don’t eat too spicy food..

ChelseaMamma August 1, 2018 - 11:08 am

This sounds like a lovely light dish, perfect for the summer

Angela Milnes August 1, 2018 - 5:00 pm

This sounds fab. I am a huge fan or pearl barley as we had it when I was a kid but my hubby does not like it. I will have to pint his recipe and try it some time. The feta sounds yummy too!

Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex) August 1, 2018 - 7:56 pm

This looks delicious and so colourful! I would love to try it. Kaz

Michelle Murray August 2, 2018 - 7:35 am

This looks and sounds delicious. I do love Feta Cheese

secretplussizegoddessblog August 2, 2018 - 11:17 pm

Well,look at the fresh colours in that! It sounds divine, and I would only have to make one alteration – Feta is not for me, so I would replace maybe with haloumi. The rest sounds fantastic to me though x

Jen August 3, 2018 - 7:25 am

I’m usually more of your husband’s way of thinking, but this does look delicious!


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