Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

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.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

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.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

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.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

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.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

2014-08-21
: 2-4 servings
: 5 min
: 25-40 min

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 …

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Ingredients
    4 cups cooked farro (about 2 cups uncooked)
  • 2-3 tbs. homemade pesto
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2-3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil (or quantity as desired)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
Directions

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot then add the farro and cook (uncovered) for 25-40 minutes (depending on preparation method) then set aside to cool. In the meantime, prepare the pesto (unless you are using store-bought) and wash and cut the tomatoes.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Once the farro has cooled, add the pesto, pine nuts (toasted on low heat in a small saucepan for 3-5 minutes until lightly browned), and tomatoes to the pot (or transfer all of the ingredients to a large serving bowl) and mix gently until the farro is coated with the pesto.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Serve at room temperature garnished with some freshly grated Parmesan. This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. To avoid too much excess water in the salad it is recommended to add the tomatoes directly before serving.

Mediterranean Farro Salad

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