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Peas, green beans and broad beans with barley and watercress recipe

Peas, green beans and broad beans with barley and watercress recipe

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Why settle for the same old vegetables with your Sunday dinner when you can wow with these flavourful, healthy spring greens? Peas and beans with barley and watercress makes for a stylish side dish. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 138 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free


  • 100g barley
  • 200g frozen broad beans
  • 200g green beans, trimmed
  • 100g fresh or frozen peas
  • 100g watercress, large stems removed

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp white balsamic or white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • small handful fresh mint, leaves picked and any large leaves torn

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    8g 12%
  • Saturates

    1g 6%
  • Sugars

    2g 3%
  • Salt

    0.2g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 11.8g Protein 5.1g Fibre 5.6g


  1. Cook the barley in a pan of salted water for 10 mins, or until al dente. Drain well and return to the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, put the dressing ingredients into a screw-top jar. Season, screw on the lid and shake well.
  3. Bring another pan of water to the boil. Cook the broad beans for 2-3 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon. Peel the grey outer skins, and then add to the barley.
  4. Cook the green beans and peas in the boiling water for 2-3 mins, then drain and rinse in cold water. Add to the barley with the watercress. Pour over the dressing and season; toss to combine. Warm through before serving.

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