Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Farro is a flavourful ancient grain with a mildly nutty flavour and pleasing chewy texture. I saw it at Costco recently, but it is also available at Italian supermarkets. It is a cross between rice and barley in flavour. It is versatile and easy to prepare. Add this ancient grain to soups or salad, use as a side dish or even for breakfast. It is worth trying out as it is high in protein and fiber.

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs

4 cups water
1 1/2 cups farro
2 tsp salt
4 green onion, chopped using most of green part
1/4 cup fresh parsley (don't even think about using dried)
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
freshly ground pepper

. rinse farro
. cook in water, bring to a low boil and cover for 30 minutes or until "al dente"
. drain and cool
. add the tomatoes, onion, parsley to the farro and toss to combine
. whisk together garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil.
. add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss to coat
. the salad can be refrigerated overnight
. especially nice with feta cheese added and additional vegetables - celery, peppers, olives, green beans

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