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March 18, 2015

pearl barley salad

***This post is brought to you by Steggles. Recipe is my own and Simpsons references are still cool***

When Lisa Simpson became a vegetarian her family made a conga line in their lounge singing –

“You don’t win friends with salad, you don’t win friends with salad.”

The great Simpsons oracle was rarely wrong in its 26 seasons, but I must beg to differ on this point.

A cracking salad goes a long way in my books and with a salad like this one you probably will win friends, hell, it may even be your lucky salad if you catch my drift.

You needn’t stick to ‘traditional’ salad vegetables, in fact, you’ll see many of my salads have shredded, wizzed and whacked vegetables that you may not think would work. I think the biggest key to a great salad is variety, texture, fresh herbs and a killer dressing.

Maybe what you really win friends with is dressing (or undressing, but that requires more research)?

Adding grains like quinoa, brown rice and pearl barley to salad gives you a great low GI energy boost that means you’ll stay fuller for longer. Throwing in some good low fat protein like the ready to eat Steggles Just Eat It range will ensure your family never does a singing conga line in your honour.

I made this salad with the kids ‘help’ in the kitchen…. what I really should have done is popped them with a tranquilliser gun before hand. If you ever wondered how I manage to do it, this episode is for you. Warts and all.


Barley, Pea and Fetta Salad with Rosemary and Lemon Chicken

Yield – serves 4 as a main

What you will need :

For the salad – 

  • 2 x 150g packets Steggles Just Eat It Rosemary and Lemon Chicken
  • 1/2 cup barley, cooked (will make about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas, frozen are dandy
  • 1 baby fennel, finely sliced
  • 150g fetta
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons pepita seeds
  • a handful each of fresh mint and parsley

For the dressing – 

  • 4 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon seeded mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper

Place your salad ingredients, except chicken, in a large bowl and then crumble your fetta over the top.

Place your dressing ingredients into a small jar and give a vigorous shake to blend together. Pour over salad.

Toss your salad well, and then carefully lay your chicken on top so it looks neat. Top with a few extra cranberries and pepitas for colour if you wish and serve to all of your friends.

pearl barley salad

So you may not actually win friends but you can win this…..

Steggles Just Eat It and I have joined up to bring you an awesome competition to win an ultimate picnic kit worth $450.

We will be running a competition until the end of the month to win –

easy meal for kids

  • a Logitech blue tooth speaker for outdoor tunes
  • a Tupperware picnic set
  • a Tupperware drink dispenser
  • a Steggles totem tennis set
  • a Steggles picnic table
  • a Steggles picnic rug
  • a Steggles esky

For your chance to win the ultimate picnic kit simply click here –

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  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling March 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Oh my goodness – YUM! And I love how polite you are to your kids. Do you realise you said “please” just about every time you told them off? That’s seriously impressive!

    • Reply Danielle March 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      That was my TV mum persona 😉

  • Reply San March 18, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    kinyum as usual, gotta’ LURVE your ‘tinlids’ – they ARE seriously cayoot. More Holsby TV… it’s such fun!!! :O)

    • Reply Danielle March 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      They’re pretty funny…. I hope to make more in the future!

  • Reply Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel March 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I seriously suck at salads, but even I can do this! Love the idea – I’m off to buy every single one of those ingredients now.

    • Reply Danielle March 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      How can you suck at salads? Maybe a one on one tutorial is in order???

  • Reply [email protected] March 18, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    hahahahahaha you’re such a star, that was EXACTLY like at our place when I’m trying to cook. Except you’re hot and you don’t beat your children. Love Holsby TV!!!! Salad looks delish by the way

    • Reply Danielle March 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      They make it IMPOSSIBLE!!!! You are so hot too. I’ve seen your cooking selfies in that collage you once made me 😉

  • Reply Jocelyn R March 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I have just moved to a new house a few streets back from the beach. I would LOVE this picnic set to take over the road to the beach and set up for the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Reply Bele @ BlahBlah March 23, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I saw this the other day and loved it sooooooo much, but couldn’t stop to say so because a small person was pulling at my leg and screaming. Looking top shelf. Oh and the salad looks good too x

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  • Reply Elise March 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Ah most awesome prize pack ever! I can’t decide if I like the picnic table, the easy to use Steggles pieces, or the Tupperware the best! Maybe the picnic table, they were the things of envy when I was a kid

  • Reply Kim Scott March 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    My Family Are Going To Love This Delicious Recipe, Thanks For Sharing 🙂

  • Reply Hayley March 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    This would be awesome for myself and 2 kids for when we go on little road trips.

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