Asian Black Bean and Barley Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a versatile, spicy dish that could be served either hot or cold, as the main course for lunch or as a side for dinner. The spiciness can be easily adjusted by adding more/less chili-garlic paste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix barley, onions and carrots in a large bowl, set aside.
  2. Mix sambal, sugar, soy sauce, 5 spice powder, water/broth and sesame oil (if using) in small bowl, set aside.
  3. Heat oil in large pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and red bell pepper. Cook 4-5 minutes until tender.
  4. Add black beans and sambal mixture to pan. Cook until most liquid evaporates.
  5. Add black bean mixture to barley mixture. Stir well to blend. Top with cilantro and/or peanuts if using.