Instant Pot Barley Lunch Jars Recipe

Instant Pot Barley Lunch Jars Recipe

How To Make Instant Pot Barley Lunch Jars

Each of these barley lunch jars comes with lots of greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers for a quick refreshing bite. They’re a perfect make-ahead meal!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total: 50 minutes



  • 1cuppearl barley
  • ½tspsalt
  • 4cupswater
  • cupssalad greens
  • 12cherry tomatoes,halved
  • 5small sweet peppers,sliced
  • 2small cucumbers,sliced
  • 5radishes,sliced
  • vinaigrette,for serving


  1. Add dried barley to the Instant Pot or other multi-cooker/pressure cooker. Stir in salt and water. Replace lid and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.

  2. Once finished, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes. Vent steam, remove the lid, drain off any extra water, and let barely cool to room temperature.

  3. Assemble lunch jars as desired. Add ½ cup of cooked barley to the bottom (make sure it is room temperature). Top that with a mix of salad greens and lots of sliced vegetables.

  4. The jars will keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. After that, the greens start to wilt. Do not freeze these jars. They are intended to be made and eaten within the week.

  5. Enjoy! When it’s time for lunch, drizzle vinaigrette into the jar, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, then eat the barley salad right out of the jar.

  6. Alternatively, pour onto a plate. (Don’t add the vinaigrette to the salad until right before serving, as it will make the vegetables soggy.)


  • Calories: 174.99kcal
  • Fat: 1.26g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.24g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.13g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.53g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.41g
  • Fiber: 9.13g
  • Sugar: 5.90g
  • Protein: 6.43g
  • Sodium: 260.45mg
  • Calcium: 47.63mg
  • Potassium: 575.39mg
  • Iron: 2.14mg
  • Vitamin A: 201.83µg
  • Vitamin C: 104.86mg
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