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Spring Bowl with Radish, Pearl Barley and Asparagus

Spring Bowl with Radish, Pearl Barley and Asparagus

The best spring has to offer in one bowl. Well, kind of. Because there is not enough room in a bowl for all the good things, that spring has to offer. So I decided to use spinach, asparagus, radishes and mushrooms.

What exactly is a bowl?

In my post winterbowl I have described the system of a bowl. A bowl usual has the following rule: Take one third of grains (in this bowl I used barley), take a third vegetables (spinach, radishes and asparagus) and one third of vegetable protein (lentils and mushrooms). It is also called “a grain, a green and a bean”.

There are countless bowl variations possible. Just experiment with different vegetables or grains. I like to use quinoa or spelt. But also noodles or fries already made it to my bowl. You can serve a dressing with your bowl, but you don’t have to.

I often decide spontaneously if I quickly mix a dressing from soy yoghurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper (or sriracha).

In this dish I love the radish ceviche. Because of the time to marinate the radishes and onions get all soft and mild in taste. The mint gives a fresh touch.

Enjoy your spring in a bowl!



You want more bowl inspiration? Also try my autumn bowlwinter bowlbowl with fried oyster mushrooms and tahini dressingsushi bowlbowl with peanut tofu and bowl with “fried chicken” cauliflower and Caesar dressing.

Spring Bowl with Radish, Pearl Barley and Asparagus
Gang/Type: Main Dish
Ergibt/Yield: 2 Portionen
For the pearl barley:
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) pearl barley
  • The bottom third of the asparagus, cut into little pieces
  • salt

For the lentils:
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) beluga lentils
  • 1 heaped tsp instant vegetable stock
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 6 - 8 mushrooms
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 1 dash lemon juice

For the spinach:
  • 300 g (10.5 oz) spinach
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • salt
  • pepper

For the radish ceviche:
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs herbal vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbs mint, chopped

  • 10 spears green asparagus
  • salt
  • pepper
  • some oil
  1. Start with the radish ceviche. Shred the radishes and cucumber in thin slices. Cut the onion in thin stripes. Mix with vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and let it marinate in the fridge.

  2. Put the lentils with the vegetable stock and water in a pot and bring to boil. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Then drain the lentils.

  3. At the same time start boiling the pearl barley. Wash it and then put it with some salted water on the stove and bring to boil. Let the barley cook for about 15 minutes.

  4. While the barley ist boiling, cut off the rough edges of the asparagus and toss them. Cut off the bottom third and cut into small pieces. After the barley has cooked 10 minutes, add the asparagus pieces and boil them with the pearl barley for about 5 minutes. Then drain and briefly rinse both.

  5. While the barley and lentils are boiling slice the mushrooms and onion and chop the parsley. Clean out the spinach and wash it.

  6. In a pan roast the sesame without fat, set aside.

  7. For the lentils heat the oil in the pan on medium-high heat. First sauté the onions and then the mushrooms for about 2-3 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Then add the parsley and lentils. Combine and add a dash of lemon juice.

  8. Arrange the lentils and pearl barley in two bowls. Get the radish ceviche out of the fridge, add a litte salt, if necessary and stir in the mint. Also put in the bowls.

  9. Put the spinach, wet from washing, in the pan on medium heat and let it collapse. Season with salt and pepper and mix with the sesame. Put in the bowls.

  10. At last sauté the asparagus in some oil for about 1-2 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Put it on top of your bowl and serve immediately.

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