The arrival of the warm summer months always inspire us to prepare fresher, quicker meal for the family, such as a simple salad. This mediterranean farro salad is a hearty and healthy meal to prepare for a family picnic or as a quick side salad at a barbeque.
With its nutty flavour and rich texture, farro is an ideal grain to use as a base for fresh summer salads, since it maintains his texture and holds up well to variety of ingredients and dressings. This fresh farro salad is inspired by traditional Mediterranean ingredients, such as sweet cherry tomatoes, earthy basil, creamy pine nuts and tangy extra virgin olive oil.
Although this salad is very light-tasting and resfreshing it’s also filling and hearty, which it makes it an ideal salad to prepare towards the end of summer as a prelude to fall fare, and not to mention a delicious way to use up any lingering produce from your summer garden.
Farro can be prepared in two ways, soaked overnight then cooked, or prepared on the spot. The time it takes to properly cook farro ranges between 20-40 minutes, depending on the consistency desired. If the farro has not been soaked overnight it should be fully cooked and al dente at the 30-35 minute mark. On the contrary, soaking it overnight will reduce the cooking time to about 20-25 minutes.