Blackened Swede And Fennel Salad With Pearl Barley And Winter Greens

Serves: 4

This filling salad is simple to make. The mix of the beautiful yellow swede and deep green of the winter greens will delight the eyes and the stomach. We’ve made this recipe with pearl barley. But feel free to substitute with whatever grain you have lying around.

When To Eat

We recommend eating this dish from June through to Early December. This is when you will get the best of the UK fennel.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Pearl Barley (Or equivalent grain) 200g (around 1 cup) 0.346
Swede 1 Medium 0.45
Garlic 3 Cloves 0.018
Fennel 1 0.12
Winter Cabbage 4 - 5 large handfuls (when chopped) 0.075
Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons 0.1404
Balsamic Vinegar 2 Tablespoon 0.125

This meal is around 89% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.61 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 21km in a modern car.


  • Cover the barely with water and simmer in a pan over a low heat for around 45 - 60 minutes. The barely will be done when plump and aldente. Be careful, the barley can suck up a lot of water and start to stick to the bottom of the pan. Be sure to check occasionally that the grains have enough fluid.
  • Whilst the grains are cooking peel and chop the swede into 1 inch cubes. Place in a roasting tin and cover with the olive oil and salt. Crush the garlic and throw the cloves into the tin. Place in a 200 degrees centigrade oven for around 30 mins until the swede has started to colour.
  • Slice the fennel length-ways and add to the roasting tin amongst the partially cooked swede. Toss the mixture to get an even spread of fennel. Then place back in the oven for a further 15 mins.
  • After the 15 minutes both the swede and the fennel should have a decent colouring. Now add the balsamic to the mixture and toss again. Place back in the oven for final 10 minutes. Then remove the tin from the oven and leave to one side.
  • Once the barley is cooked. Drain and set aside. Slice your winter greens about 1cm think. Steam them until they have barely wilted. You can steam the veg easily using a colander on top of a pan of boiling water.
  • Now add the barley and winter greens to the roasting tin and combine with the roasted veg. Be sure to mix well so that the barley picks up the salty balsamic reduction in the pan.
  • Serve after the mixture has cooled. The salad can be enjoyed on it’s own. Or a dressing of honey and lemon accompanies the barley well.
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