LowSodium Persian-spiced barley and mandarin salad

Recently, on one of those sunny patches on a winter’s afternoon, I was given some backyard grown mandarins from the splendid contemporary theatre maker, Rosalba Clemente. We were talking of Contemporary performance and plays with a character called David. She Came up with the obvious, David from the famous 90’s play and subsequent screenplay, Love and Human Remains. Given my diet is LowSodium and a little cray cray right now, Barley is my soviet tank stronk. I made this LowSodium Persian spiced barley and mandarin salad recipe and tweaked a little in the following and below way.


Mandarin and Pearl Barley ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pearl barley
  • 1 litre home made chicken stock
  • 1 tbspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 large brown onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tspns minced garlic
  • 1 tspn garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Harissa
  • 1 tspn tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 270 grms mandarins peeled and cut into rounds
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander and more sprigs to serve
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds or walnuts
  • Rocket leaves
  • 1/2 cup cranberries

Mandarin Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1 tblspn white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tspn honey
  • 2 tblspns mandarin juice
  • 1 tspn mandarin zest.


  • Place barley and stock in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 35 minutes or until tender. Drain. Cool for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make Mandarin Vinaigrette: Whisk mandarin zest and juice, oil, vinegar and honey together in a small jug.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion. Cook for 8 minutes or until light golden. Add spices. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add barley, sliced mandarin, coriander, 1/2 of the cranberries and 1/2 of the almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Transfer salad to a serving plate. Sprinkle with remaining cranberries and almonds, and extra coriander sprigs. Serve.

Help a sister out with her web hosting fees and buy a low sodium cookbook from here!