Broccoli Barley Bowl
Broccoli Barley Bowl
Broccoli Barley Bowl
Broccoli Barley Bowl

As of recent, I’ve not felt a whole lot like cooking. There’s been take-out pizza and random pulled together meals instead of thought-out dinners. Life has been a bit crazy. M and I have had some ups and downs with life choices but I’m hoping with a few key decisions made, we can move on and settle into a new, slightly more laid back routine that includes a nice cooked dinner, together.

However, it’s bowls like these that have gotten me through the busy days and some hectic nights. This dressing may look familiar- I’ve used it (or something similar) in the Curried Red Potato Spinach Salad and the Endives with Roasted Beets and Avocado. I’m a simple girl and sometimes a nice lemon dressing is amazingly versatile (I especially love it paired with the curried potatoes.)

This bowl includes certain items I always have on hand. I highly recommend keeping the sunflower seeds for crunch, the chickpeas for protein, and the barley for a nutty flavor (but really, any grain will do.) While I used raw broccoli, I do love roasted (maybe with a few onions or cauliflower thrown in.) During the fall months, I have plans for swapping in some roasted Brussels sprouts.

Broccoli Barley Bowl

Broccoli Barley Bowl

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Yield: 1-2


  • 2 cups raw, roasted, or steamed broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cooked barley
  • ΒΌ cup sunflower seeds
  • Β½ cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned
  • Β½ ounce feta
  • Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Combine ingredients for bowl. In a small jar with lid, shake dressing together. Pour over bowl and toss everything together.