Farro is an ancient wheat grain that can be found
in specialty foods stores, natural foods stores, and Italian
markets. Its sold whole (which is the most nutritious),
semi-pearled, or pearled, all of which can be used in place of
barley and other grains in salads. In Italy, where most farro
is grown, the grain is often added to soups. It can be substituted
for rice in risotto as well.
Farro has a hearty texture and nutty taste,
making it the perfect base for this spring salad. Pearled farro
is used because it can be prepared quickly. Since its hulled,
the cook time is reduced to 15 to 20 minutes. If you prefer to
use whole grain farro, plan on cooking it for about 45 to 60
Spring Farro Salad
- 2 cups water
1 cup pearled farro
1 1/2 teaspoons MAGGI Instant Chicken Flavor Bouillon
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup English peas, blanched*
1/2 cup sliced and quartered English cucumber, seeded if desired
1/2 cup micro greens or wild arugula
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
1/2 cup diced avocado
- Combine water, farro and bouillon in medium
saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover;
cook for 15 to 20 minutes or just until farro is tender (it will
not absorb all the water). Drain and set aside to cool.
- Whisk together oil, lemon juice, lemon
peel, vinegar and pepper in large bowl. Add farro; toss to coat.
Add peas, cucumber, micro greens, green onions and dill; toss
gently to coat. Taste and season salad with sea salt, if needed;
fold in avocado. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Makes 6 servings.
*Set aside a bowl of ice water and slotted
spoon. Bring a pan of water to boil over high heat. Add a teaspoon
of salt and the peas and boil just until bright green (about
30 seconds to 1 minute). Quickly remove the peas with the slotted
spoon and plunge them into the ice water.
Nutritional Information Not Provided.
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