Squash & barley salad with balsamic vinaigrette

A plate of food with broccoli Easy Vegan Recipes

Preparation and cooking time

  • Cook:25 mins
  • 5 mins, plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 8

A flavour-packed, unusual salad that’s delicious warm or cold – works really well as part of a buffet

Nutrient Unit
kcal 301
fat 14g
saturates 2g
carbs 40g
sugars 9g
fibre 0g
protein 6g
salt 0.55g


  • 1 butternut squash , peeled and cut into long pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g pearl barley
  • 300g Tenderstem broccoli , cut into medium-size pieces
  • 100g SunBlush tomato , sliced
  • 1 small red onion , diced
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp small capers , rinsed
  • 15 black olives , pitted
  • 20g pack basil , chopped
Avocado on toast

For the dressing

  • 5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove , finely chopped


  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Place the squash on a baking tray and toss with olive oil. Roast for 20 mins. Meanwhile, boil the barley for about 25 mins in salted water until tender, but al dente. While this is happening, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Drain the barley, then tip it into a bowl and pour over the dressing. Mix well and let it cool.

  • STEP 2
Vegan meatballs

Boil the broccoli in salted water until just tender, then drain and rinse in cold water. Drain and pat dry. Add the broccoli and remaining ingredients to the barley and mix well. This will keep for 3 days in the fridge and is delicious warm or cold.

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