You’ll Want to Try This Farro Salad

by , posted on May 9th, 2013 in Cooking

best salad ever!

Last weekend, I had the best salad of my life. Honestly, I have not stopped thinking about it since. Naturally, I bugged our host for a recipe and didn’t stop until she wrote it down. I just didn’t want to get it wrong. Turns out, it’s nearly impossible to get wrong. Unless you’re like me and try to substitute barley for farro and overcook it until it’s mushy. Just a note: don’t do that.

I’m telling you, this salad will have you asking, “Farro, where have you been all my life?!” Ready for the recipe?

Farro Salad

You’ll need:
one bag farro
one tub cherry tomatoes, halved
one bunch of fresh basil, slivered
one tub or about 1/2 lb of fresh mozzarella, cubed
pine nuts, toasted in a pan (they burn like the dickens so watch out)
drizzle of olive oil and salt

Cook farro according to package suggestion. I found a 10 minute variety at Trader Joes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Toss together with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and pine nuts. Add olive oil and salt to taste.

That’s it! So easy, right? I think this salad is versatile enough that you could tweak to your liking too—maybe a splash of balsamic vinegar or throw in some thinly sliced red onion. A little freshly squeezed lemon juice might be nice too.

ps. I’m naming this Block Island Farro Salad since it’s our BI host’s recipe. She was the best host ever! See pictures from the trip here.

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8 Responses to “You’ll Want to Try This Farro Salad”

  1. Jillian in Italy Says:

    May 9th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Looks delish. And what’s up with not being able to toast nuts without burning them? Every. Single. Time.

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I know! Those little suckers need to work with us, yeah?

  2. Gen @ TInyfolk Says:

    May 9th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Thankyou, you just sorted my lunch!
    Love this site by the way Jennifer


    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Aww, thanks so much Genevieve! Your designs and products are so so so great! I’m totally flattered you like my site.

  3. Carla Says:

    May 9th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Yum! Perfect for a summer BBQ!

  4. Jenn Says:

    May 10th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Love the 10-minute bags of farro from TJ’s…and just made this exact salad this week minus the pine nuts. That’s the perfect addition!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    I can’t believe that I’ve been missing farro for so long!

    Have you tried throwing in anything else in it? I was thinking a version with lemon juice might be nice?

  5. Betsy Says:

    May 14th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I need to make this! Doubt they have ferro at the stores I frequent… 7 eleven?

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