Beef with barley and cabbage salad

Pearl barley and grilled beef make for a hearty salad that’s perfect for weeknights.





  • 1/2 cup (100g) pearl barley
  • 400g Coles Australian No Added Hormones Beef Fillet Steaks
  • 1/2 wombok (Chinese cabbage), thinly sliced
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian Baby Spinach
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into ribbons
  • 2 medium Lebanese cucumbers, peeled into ribbons
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced (optional)



Cook the barley in a large saucepan of boiling water for 25 mins or until tender. Refresh under cold water. Drain well. 


Meanwhile, heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium. Spray the beef with olive oil spray. Cook for 2 1/2 mins each side for medium-rare or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Loosely cover with foil and set aside for 5 mins to rest. Thinly slice.


Combine the barley, wombok, spinach, carrot, cucumber, mint and coriander in a large bowl. Combine the lime juice, fish sauce and sesame oil in a screw-top jar. Seal and shake well to combine. Season with pepper.


Drizzle half the dressing over the barley mixture and toss to combine. 


Transfer barley mixture to a serving platter. Top with the beef. Sprinkle with peanut and chilli, if using. Drizzle with the remaining dressing to serve.


Coles has partnered with the Heart Foundation to provide this content to you and help Australians live healthier and happier lives.

For personalised heart health information and support, contact the Heart Foundation Helpline 13 11 12.

Nutritional information

Energy 1277kJ/320 cals (15%) Protein 28g (56%) Fat 8g (14%) Sat Fat 2g (13%) Sodium 153mg (7%) Carbs 24  (7%) Sugar 8g (9%) Dietary Fibre 11g (37%) 

Dietary information

No added sugar

Healthier living starts here

Whether you’re looking for tasty and nutritious midweek dinner ideas or are catering for a range of dietary requirements, we have you covered with our healthy recipe collections

Coles Healthier Living logo

Supercharge it

The fiber and healthy fats in avocado are what make it a superfood for long lasting energy stores. It also contains many of the B vitamins that help with your red blood cell count which in turn helps regulate your iron levels!

Coles Healthier Living logo

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.