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Beef with pearl barley and wombok salad

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This salad is delicious and versatile for so many different occasions. Whether its a midweek dinner, weekend barbecue or to bring to a dinner party.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time30 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, (+ 5 mins resting)
A salad of pearl barley, wombok, cucumber and carrot ribbons, and steak


  • ½ cup (100g) pearl barley
  • 450g Coles Beef Eye Fillet Steak
  • ½ wombok (Chinese cabbage), thinly sliced
  • 120g pkt Coles Australian Baby Spinach
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into ribbons
  • 2 medium Lebanese cucumbers, peeled into ribbons
  • ⅓ cup mint leaves
  • ⅓ cup coriander leaves
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) lime juice
  • ¼ tsp fish sauce
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced (optional)

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  1. Step 1

    Cook the barley in a large saucepan of boiling water for 25 mins or until tender. Refresh under cold water. Drain well.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium. Spray the beef with olive oil spray. Cook for 2 ½ 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.

  3. Step 3

    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.
  4. Step 4

    Drizzle half the dressing over the barley mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Step 5

    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.