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Farro Salad with Peppers and Basil~

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I fell in love with farro in Italy…this ancient grain looks like barley, is firm and chewy when cooked, and has a nutty flavor.  It is wonderful in both soups and salads.  After seeing a blog post by The Enchanted Cook about a confetti farro salad, I  came up with my own version.  This can be tweaked in so many ways…add corn, tomatoes, or roasted eggplant, switch up the herbs or the type of vinegar.  I was planning to add some brie chunks, but love it even without cheese.  Pop over to Veronica’s site and see what a marvelous salad she created.


Farro Salad with Peppers and Basil…inspired by a Bon Appetit recipe
1 cup farro
1/4+ cup olive oil
3 bell peppers ( I used one red, yellow and orange), chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and halved or quartered
1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Cook farro in salted water till tender, about 20-25 minutes.  Drain and cool.
Toss peppers, onions and mushrooms with a drizzle of olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Roast at 375º till tender, about 20-25 minutes.  Remove and cool.
Combine the 1/4 cup of olive oil, vinegar, and mustard.  Whisk to emulsify.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix farro with vegetables, then add dressing and basil and toss.  Cover and chill.  May be served cold or at room temperature.

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16 comments on “Farro Salad with Peppers and Basil~”

  1. What a beautifully plated dish. Almost too gorgeous to eat. Almost…

    -the constant hunger

  2. I’ve never cooked with farro. This looks great!

  3. you got me on this one! sounds and looks awesome never had this one of heard of it! bravo!!!!

  4. Liz, thanks for the inspiration and suggestions. I’ve made farro and quinoa salads before, but they’ve just been too bland. Your version looks colorful and tasty. Brava, too, for the plating and food styling–mouth watering & gorgeous!

  5. I love the colors of this dish. It looks so delicious and healthy at the same time! Thanks for sharing.

  6. That skinny chick can cook too! 🙂 That looks so delicious!!

  7. this looks stunning!

  8. Thanks everyone! I found my farro at Whole Foods…hope you can track some down to try 🙂

    Brandie, you made me laugh!

  9. Lizzy-Such a beautiful and colorful Farro salad. I love you healthy take on that. Our Whole Foods carries that as well, among all the other good and healthy grains.
    Beautiful presentation!

  10. That salad looks wonderful – all those beautiful colors in your plate …mmmm! Delicious!
    I’ve heard of Farro, but have never tried it. I like barley so I’m sure I’ll like that, too!

  11. This is a gorgeous salad and you’ve plated it beautifully. It looks delicious and begs to be tried. I hope you have a great day. blessings…Mary

  12. I’m s little ashamed to say that I have never tried farro (what kind of an Italian am I!). I like the ingredients you’ve paired it with. I’ve not seen it on the shelves but I bet my speciality market carries. Will have to try this Lizzy thank you for an introduction to a new ingredient for me.

  13. Thanks, everyone! I hope it becomes more readily available…it is so good and versitile 🙂

  14. That salad looks so fresh and so good. I can’t wait to try it, the photo looks amazing and I love your blog, I just subscribed to it.

  15. Thank you, all!!! Megi, welcome!!!!

  16. I love farro, and this salad is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at my salad blog hop 😀

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