Latvian salad

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 4

From The Hairy Bikers' Northern Exposure


  • 100g/3½oz barley, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large handfuls dark salad leaves including spinach
  • 200g/7oz green beans, topped and tailed
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 2 cooked beetroot, diced
  • small bunch of dill, leaves only
  • small bunch of parsley, leaves only
  • small bunch of mint, leaves only
  • 100g/3½oz crumbly Latvian cheese or feta
  • 50g/2oz walnuts, lightly toasted

For the dressing

  • 100ml/3½fl oz buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or wine vinegar
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To garnish

  • 1 pomegranate, seeds only


  1. Put the barley in a saucepan, cover with cold water. Season with salt and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 30 minutes until the barley is just cooked through – it should still have a bite. Drain, drizzle with the olive oil and leave to cool.

  2. Bring a pot of water to the boil and blanch the green beans for a couple of minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of cold water.

  3. For the dressing, whisk the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Arrange the salad leaves on a large platter. Add the beans, radishes and beetroot, then sprinkle over the herbs, barley, cheese and walnuts, tossing very slightly to combine well.

  5. Drizzle over the salad dressing, garnish with the pomegranate seeds and serve.

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