How to cook with barley on a six food exclusion diet

Should people on a six food exclusion diet avoid wheat, rye and barley (all gluten containing cereals) or just wheat?



We attempted to address this question in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, concluding that barley and rye may be included as part of a six (or four) food elimination diet.

Many people are not sure how to cook with barley, but adding an extra grain to your diet, can increase both variety and nutritional intake.

1 cup of cooked barley contains about 190 kcal, 3.5 g of protein and 6 g of fiber. Barley is also a good source of vitamins and minerals including niacin, thiamine, selenium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and copper.


Thank you to the Spoonguru team who created this list of barley recipes: all free from milk and dairy, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish, and all nuts (peanuts and tree nuts).

If your physician recommends that you AVOID barley and rye in addition to wheat, then these recipes are NOT suitable for you.

Remember: There is no need to avoid any allergens unless you have a medical reason.


Not allergic to dairy and in need of some extra calories? Serve the barley, mushroom and dill salad with sour cream.

Not allergic to fish or seafood? Serve the barley and corn salad with basil and chive dressing as a side dish with your grilled salmon.

Not allergic to egg and in need of some extra protein? Serve the olivey french lentil and barley salad with sliced boiled egg.

Happy eating!