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Summer Farro Salad Tuesday July 12, 2011

Filed under: Daily Life,Food Glorious Food,The Chef — The Professor @ 8:37 am

Although it seems to be the case, I have not abandoned this blog.  I’m back to share this delicious summery recipe that is perfect for a hot summer night.

  • 2 cups uncooked farro (or substitute barley)
  • 1 medium red onion, cut in half
  • 1 clove garlic
  • handful of fresh parsley plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup finely diced (about 1/4 “cubes) fresh mozzarella cheese (I used shredded mozzarella)
  • 2 teaspoons minced pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

FOR THE DRESSING

  • scant 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  1. Add the farro, one onion half, garlic, handful of parsley and salt along with 2 3/4 cups water to a 2 quart pot. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Turn off burner and let sit, covered, for 5 more minutes. Discard the onion, garlic and large pieces of parsley. Spread out on a rimmed sheet pan and let cool completely (do not skip this step or the mozzarella will melt into the finished dish).
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegars and honey to prepare the dressing.
  4. Chop the remaining onion half finely. Add onion, cooled farro, mozzarella, kalamata olives, tomatoes, remaining tablespoon of parsley and basil to a deep bowl. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and stir well to combine, using a long wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. The salad is ready to serve, but can also be made and stored in the fridge, covered, one day ahead.
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2 Responses to “Summer Farro Salad”

  1. Leslie Says:

    Yum, thanks!

  2. Brittany Says:

    Enjoyed this recipe with some delicious Bacon, Spinach and Tomato sandwiches on Friday night. Seriously tasty. Thanks!


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