Farro is something new to me actually. It is not a new grain though. Apparently it is quite an ancient grain and was mainly grown in Italy. You can read about it here. I recently tried it in a restaurant. They had it as a main ingredient in a salad and I loved it. I knew I had to try and make it some day.
While at the supermarket the other day in the "organic/ natural" section looking for dried chick peas, I came across a package of Farro. I then remembered I wanted to try and cook it at home, so I took it. Hmm, there was just one other package left, so either it's popular, or the supermarket doesn't order that much of it. Granted I live in more of a rural setting, so who knows?
Farro has a chewy texture and seems to take the flavor of what you dress it with. It apparently is super healthy as it is a whole grain. Have I not convinced you to try it? Please do, it's really, really good.
It is really easy to cook, no different than cooking pasta actually.
I made a salad like the one I enjoyed in the restaurant. I was not sure of the ingredients that the restaurant had used, but I was really pleased with the recipe I came up with.
- 1 cup of farro
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes
- a handful of parsley
- 1/4 cup of feta cheese
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 3 Tbl balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- dash of pepper
In the meantime cut up your tomatoes and chop up the parsley. Add them to a bowl. Add your feta cheese. Feta is optional. I figured this is a Mediterranean dish so Feta seemed a natural add in, and I like it.
In a small mixing bowl, combine your garlic, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Once the farro is done cooking after 15 minutes, drain it and let it cool a bit. Once it is cooled add it to the tomato and parsley mixture. Then top it off with the dressing.
It is a great, light summer dish. And maybe farro is a new food you can enjoy as well?