Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{Recipe} Farro Salad with Tomatoes & Cucumbers

We tried Uno's Farro Salad and loved it so we we wanted to try and replicate it at home. The first trick was finding Farro and just what is Farro? We didn't know, we were googling it at dinner on our phones to make sure the vegan could eat it. (she could)
Farro (pronounced FAHR-oh) is one of the oldest grains cultivated by humans, which was originally found in the fertile crescent of the Middle East and is now grown primarily in Italy.  Like Quinoa, it is an ancient grain being rediscovered by chefs throughout Europe and North America. *

 We did eventually find it and used this recipe for the salad. If you can't find Farro, barley would work as well.
Bring two cups of salted water to a boil and add 1 cup of farro, simmer over low heat until desired tenderndess, adding water if necessary.
Combine 2 cups chopped tomatoes,1/4 cup  chopped red onion, 1 cucumber, chopped, 2 tsp minced garlic and 1/4  cup balsamic vinegar in a bowl.  We added a little olive oil to the mix as well.
When farro is slightly cooled, add to vegetable mixture and allow it to set until completely cool. Season with salt and pepper.
This can be served warm, cool or at room temperature.

*paraphrased from the Earthly Choice bag.

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Karen said...

This looks delicious! I'm going to have to look for farro on my next trip to the grocery store and somehow convince my family to try it :)

Katie said...

This looks really good! It reminds me of a quinoa salad one of my friends makes. I've got quinoa in the cabinet, I should try something like this out!

I had no idea what farro was though! That is too funny that you had to google it to see if it was vegan!

Celestial Charms said...

Yummy! Such wholesome ingredients.

Pam fraim said...

This is a delicious salad and indeed taste BETTER than UNO's where I first had farro, I LOVE IT! thanks so much for the recipe :)

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