Barley, Spinach and Lentil Soup

As I was saying on one of my previous posts, I think it is soup time. Soups are easy to make, nutritious and pretty economical, well or at least the ones that I make :-)

You may add or substitute with any vegetables that you would like. On this version I did add some barley that I have had for a while. You can omit this ingredient although it adds up quite nutritional value such as fiber.

Ingredient quantities can also be altered. This is not baking you all so what ever you like best you can add!


Barley, Spinach and Lentil Soup

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 6 servings


2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/3 cup of barley
2 cup fresh spinach, you can also use frozen
4 garlic cloves
6 - 8 cups of water
1lb dried brown lentils
1 8oz can tomato sauce
Salt to taste



Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic.  Add water, lentils, tomato sauce, salt and barley. Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Turn heat off and add spinach. If frozen add 5 minutes before turning off the heat.

TIP: You may add some dry spices before adding the water if you like such as dill, oregano, pepper flakes etc

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  1. Healthy deliciousness going on here!!!

  2. WOW – this salad is exactly what I crave for my lunches – will be giving this one a try!

  3. Wow, what a beautiful salad!!  Gorgeous photos too :)

  4. What a nutritious and filling salad! I love in particular that coconut cream dressing.

  5. This salad is GORGEOUS!  I absolutely love all the nutrient filled veggies and love black rice.  Pinned!

  6. I made this salad last night for dinner and it was delicious. Thank you! I did substitute wild rice as I didn’t have black rice.

  7. Tasty looking salad! The dressing sounds awesome…especially the coconut and curry. 

  8. Butternut Squash is just the best thing on the face of the planet, no joke! 

  9. Wow does this sound delicious! And it’s such a gorgeous salad – it would be perfect on a holiday table!!

  10. I feel the same way about Thai curries, so am thinking this dressing (and the rest of the salad!) would be right up my alley!  Beautiful photos, as usual.

  11. Great salad for the winter. This year the butternut squash and pumpkin I’ve used has been VERY tasty. Some years, probably due to growing conditions, the hard squashes are not as flavorful.

  12. This looks yum! Just one question, is there a substitute for the curry paste? I’m in the process of making the salad but I don’t have the paste in hand. =(

  13. Wow! This salad looks delicious. Looking forward to trying this out!

  14. I made this and was so excited.  It was pretty disappointing :(

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