Summer Farro Salad

It’s summer, and fresh tomatoes & basil are growing like crazy in my garden. I need a side dish, and I want to use a whole grain… I search through my recipe files, and I find a fantastic-sounding recipe for farro (one of my favorite grains)! So, I decided to give it a try, although I severely cut back the oil in the original recipe, and did some extra chopping of the red onions so they wouldn’t be quite as strong. The verdict? It was a hit – and it might make appearances at cookouts all summer long! Here is what I did:
Summer Farro salad (2)

Summer Farro Salad
Adapted from Food & Wine, Sept 2009
Serves 8

8 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, quartered
1 small carrot, halved
1 celery rib, halved
12 ounces farro (1 3/4 cups)
5 cups water
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Freshly ground pepper
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced, half of this amount minced finely
1 small cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (about 12 oz)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, carrot and celery, cover and cook over moderately low heat until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and stir to coat with oil. Add the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the farro is barely tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt. Cover and simmer until the farro is al dente, about 10 minutes longer. Drain the farro and discard the onion, carrot and celery. Let cool completely.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining olive oil with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the farro, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 204.1
Total Fat: 5.6 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 48.2 mg
Total Carbs: 31.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
Protein: 6.7 g


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