A New Twist on an Old Favorite
What I like most about this salad is that I can switch out one ingredient (farro for pasta) and it becomes a healthy dish—without changing any of the flavors. Mediterranean Farro Salad—a quick side dish that’s easy, nutritious and delicious.
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I came up with this recipe when entertaining friends for a cookout. I usually make pasta salad for a side dish but wanted to try something different. I love Greek flavors and thought I’d switch out pasta for farro. It turned out great and was an instant hit!
Farro: A Grain for the Ages
Farro originated in Egypt and has been a staple in Italian cuisine. Farro is fast-becoming a favorite in American diets as well. Farro packs more protein than quinoa and is much more filling. It is also a great source for magnesium, iron and zinc. Farro is believed to be the oldest ancient grain. It was even used as a currency in ancient times.
Mediterranean Farro Salad
- 1 cucumber
- 4 oz feta cheese
- 1 pint tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 cups farro
- 1 cup olive oil vinaigrette
- Halve cherry tomatoes
- Chop cucumbers
- Chop parsley
- Set chopped vegetables and parsley aside while preparing farro.
- To prepare farro, add 2 cups farro to 4 cups boiling water.
- Simmer 20-25 minutes.
- Drain farro and place in large bowl.
- Toss farro with one cup of your favorite prepared olive oil vinaigrette.
- Add tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and feta cheese.
- Toss gently and serve.
Try my Mediterranean Farro Salad at your next cookout and let me know what you think. I hope your friends and family enjoy it as much as mine.