Thursday, January 26, 2012

Farro salad

Say goodbye to boring rice salad forever!  Farro is a grain that reminds me of barley as it has great texture and a chewy bite.  I’ve used it in place or Arborio rice and made Farroto.  It was delicious.  I’ll be making that again and posting it for you here.  It’s a great blank canvas but has a lot more interesting flavor that any rice does (in my humble opinion).  Try adding this to soups instead of pasta or with some sauteed veggies. Most supermarkets carry Farro now and it is affordable at about $3.99 per pound. 

Farro Salad

Serves 4 as a side dish


1 cup Farro, rinsed
1 tomato, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons muffaletta salad, olive tapenade or chopped olives
1 tablespoon capers
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1celery stalk, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
Red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil


Combine Farro, salt and 3 cups water in a small saucepan.  Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 15- 20 mins.  The Farro should have a bit of a bite to it.  Drain and add to a large bowl to cool.  To the bowl add olives, tomato, scallion, celery, garlic and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil and vinegar to taste.  Toss and taste to adjust seasonings.  Serve room temperature.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.


Antonella Coppi said...

Congratulations for your interesting blog and recipe!I like your blog title very much!My grandmother too has been my cooking teacher .Greetings from Tuscany

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I don't think I have ever had before. The salad looks great and I'll have to buy some faro.

Diane Balch said...

So glad to have found your site. I bought some faro and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I heard what an interesting grain it is. Please put this up on my friday linky.

Michele said...

Hi Antonella! Thank you so much for your comment. I can't wait for the day that I can visit Tuscany.

Thanks Lisa! Let me know what you think of farro.

Diane - Thank you. I appreciate that! How do I add the post to your link?

Diane Balch said...

On Friday morning I will post a recipe. At the bottom of it will be a linky. You click on it and fill in the information. Glad you'll be joining us.

Unknown said...

ummm I love farro. Interesting salad ;)
nice day