Farro is grown in Italy and is a pure form of wheat. This salad is yummy and truly a refreshing change from usual salads. Farro’s chewy texture makes it an interesting salad ingredient. It looks very much like wheat and tastes similar to ponk (which is popular in Surat, Gujarat and only available in that part of the world). I used the Organic pearled farro from Whole Foods.
Organic Pearled Farro – 1 cup
Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes – 8-10, halved
Parsley – Few sprigs, coarsely chopped
Salad Greens – 2 cups, any kind
Feta Cheese – 1 teaspoon, crumbled
Olive oil – 1 tablespoon. I used garlic infused olive oil.
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Salt – 1 teaspoon (1/2 for Farro, 1/2 for dressing)
Pepper (freshly ground) – 1/2 teaspoon
- Heat water with some salt. Add farro when water boils, and boil it till it’s el dente’ – chewy in texture. Do not over cook. Remove from heat and drain. It’s better to drain all the water content before adding it to the salad.
- Meanwhile, chop the heirloom cherry tomatoes in halves. Prepare the greens. Prepare the dressing by whisking the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- Make a bed of farro on a salad plate. Add the greens and tomatoes. Top it with parsley and feta cheese.
- Serve with the dressing on the side.